An Analyzation of Socrates’ Argument: No One Desires Something He or She Believes To Be Bad

In Plato's Meno, Socrates contends that 'no one desires something he or she believes to be bad' (77e).  Socrates' argument is as follows (starting at 78a): 1. Everyone knows that if something is bad it’s harmful. 2. So to want something you believe is bad as such involves wanting to be harmed. 3. But no…

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Virtue in Plato’s ‘Protagoras’

In Plato’s Protagoras, Socrates and Protagoras discuss whether or not virtue, or "the ability to live the best possible life" (Taylor, Introduction), can be taught.  Protagoras begins the dialogue by asserting that virtue is something that can be taught and that he is capable of teaching it.  Socrates takes the position that virtue is something…