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Everyone at some point in their lives has asked someone for advice namely a friend or family member Many times an individual tends to ask for more than one persons advice in order to get a different perspective concerning the same matter Which advice is best Whose advice out of the many should one listen to Socrates addresses these same questions in Platos dialogue The Crito In the middle of a Socratic dialogue he asks Crito should a man professionally engaged in physical training pay attention to the praise and blame and opinion of any man or to those of one man only namely a doctor or trainer47b This question is indicative of Socrates belief that one should listen to the expert that knows best rather than the majority Socrates argues that following popular belief instead of the moral experts will ruin life and thus make it not worth living From this premise I plan to show that Socrates argument is flawed as he leaves too many questions unanswered and his belief relies much too heavily on assumption In addition Socrates argument relies on a false premise my argument reads as follows Socrates suggests that if there are moral experts we should listen to them This is a flawed statement since there is no such thing Morality as a whole differs from opinion to opinion and person-to-person what is right and moral to one person isnt necessarily right and moral to another For instance the tragedy of 9-11 Americans view as a horrible blatantly wrong inexplicable cowardly act However in the eyes of the Muslim assailants they were not doing anything wrong and it was in their morals to do such a thing and not be punished Therefore there could not be an expert on morality since morality varies from nation to nation and as proved by the above statement can have such contrasting viewpoints Advice is given based on information received or assumptions made
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