Regarding morality Can a person knowingly do wrong?

This is part of Socrates Philosophy, that Plato wrote about. Socrates never wrote anything, But Plato, who was his student did.

Effectively Plato and Socrates took the position that all inmorality comes from ignorance.

What do you think?

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    They are not referring to the knowledge of one's own choices. Their implication is that morality is subjective. In other words, immorality comes from ignorance of cultural perception of right and wrong. Examples: a slave owner from 1840 would have no idea why he is being arrested on felony charges. A Spartan soldier would have no idea that it is immoral to have sex with young boys. JFK's dad would have no idea why he is being arrested for insider trading. Moses would have no idea why he is being tried for war crimes for wiping out every living thing in Jericho. They were all complying with acceptable ethical standards of the day, but they were ignorant of moral standards which were to evolve.

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  • Kevin7
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Yes it happens all the time

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  • Who
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    "Can a person knowingly do wrong?"

    this is ambiguous - do you mean

    "do wrong" in that whats "wrong" is

    1) globally accepted as wrong

    or 2) that others think its "wrong" but the wrongdoer dont

    or 3) that the wrongdoer thinks its wrong but others dont

    If would appear that plato and socrates assumed there is only 1 "morality" and it applies globally to all

    MY position is- it dont

    but "can a person knowingly do wrong?" - only if he believes what he is doing is wrong

    If he dont then he cant "knowingly" do it -

    that aint "ingorance" as with plato or socrates cos that implies it IS wrong and he is ignorant of knowing it is -

    As I said before- this implies a defined morality applicable to everybody - when I do not believe its either defined or ever applicable to everybody

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Sounds ignorant to me.

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  • 1 year ago

    You have to divide that up into legal "knowledge" and moral. Yes, if someone steals a thing, or lies, etc., they know it. But no, they most likely do not know the moral consequences of doing such things, or they wouldn't do it. Behaving immorally does real damage to one's emotions, with big consequences, such as destroying your ability to love. Most people don't realize that.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    There's truth to this -- everyone justifies their own actions. Most people think they're the hero of their own lives.

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  • Raja
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Certain people have wrong principles. They won't care about moral and justice. Human beings make choices and spirits possess them according to their choices and rule them. All creatures including human beings are ruled by spirits. Human beings must learn to control and rule the spirits. Spirits possess people according to the mental state of the human beings and keep them in the same state until they are rejected and replaced by another. This is an all time phenomena occurring in all humans. Human beings are always under the influence of spirits. Certain situations and circumstances causes the possession of certain type of spirits. Often thinking and talking about bad subjects or bad imaginations even for fun can take serious turns on one who think and talk. Often thinking and talking about good subjects with good imaginations can create positive effects in your life. Your favorable thoughts and beliefs can bring favorable spirits by your side. The more you think the more would be the possession of that spirit. All spirits (good and bad) have the dominating character. They can take you to the extent of sacrifice or suicide.

    All of your activities, talks and even thoughts determine what kind of spirits you will have for your life. Only these spirits are the reason for the good and bad happening in your life. Generally spirits determine your destiny from your daily activities, talks and thoughts too. Spirits are separate elements. A human being is not a single spirit. A human being doesn't have a spiritual body. A human being during his/her life time is living with many spirits which have joined one by one since birth. They are knowledge, skills, feelings, emotions, interests and everything. Even thoughts are not your own. For example, when you want to take a decision on a subject, one after another the spirits think and you just listen, choose or reject the ideas which they transmit to your mind through your brain in the form of thoughts. Brain is just a media to connect the spirits to your mind. A mind is just a computer's mind. After the destruction of a computer completely you will not get it's mind. The same is the case with the human beings. Soul is nothing but an energy needed for the functionality of a body. It is not a spirit or anything else. All human beings are just robots made of flesh and bones and toys of the spirits for their games.

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  • Athena
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Yes, but that depends on your definition of "wrong."

    Your S/U makes the definition a personal one, I agree.

    But you can PERSONALLY know you are doing something wrong.

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  • 1 year ago

    Yes. People knowingly do wrong all the time. They commit immoral acts out of greed, lust for power, urge for sex, addictions, compulsions and so forth.

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  • 1 year ago

    If so is their intention, then of course. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is one thing. Doing, is another.

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