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Plato and Moral Obligations

The idea of moral obligation has been questioned for centuries. Not only has there never been a straight answer, one will fail to manifest in the future. Likewise, even the most enlightened philosophers, such as Plato, have yet to conclude a thesis. But Plato did believe that we can create balance and order in our society through justice. Plato’s teachings of moral obligation are still followed today, but many laws and regulations, such as the death penalty, ultimately contradict the most cerebral philosopher of all time.

Plato believed that a person’s moral obligatory behavior should be expressed by rationality. He also believed that moral obligation is based on five universals. Plato explains his reasoning using an example of man’s interests. Plato simply believed that a man should live by asking what benefits him, or what contributes to his own happiness. By entrusting that society is responsible, a man’s desire to be beneficial to “himself” would ultimately help other within the society. Thus a society of moral citizens would exist. Plato would believe to say that morality is what promotes the agent’s happiness. This can be explained by the “good feeling” a person gets when they do a good deed. Although Plato had a good understanding of proper moral behavior, he wanted to know what in general actually was rational for someone to do. Therefore the question of what moral behavior really is comes into mind yet again. Plato also created a two-fold method which is comprised of three steps. The first step is for one to omit ignorance. The second is to regain a desire to want to learn from the society. And the third is for one to understand rough intuitions leading to the knowledge of right and wrong. For decades the idea of the death penalty has been questioned. Debates have ended in stale confounds and little progress has been…...

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