Wow… it did not occur to me. While reading an article on Encarta on Western Philososphy, in the Greek Philosophy section, I come across this:
Plato, who lived from about 428 to 347 bc, was a more systematic and positive thinker than Socrates, but his writings, particularly the earlier dialogues, can be regarded as a continuation and elaboration of Socratic insights. Like Socrates, Plato regarded ethics as the highest branch of knowledge; he stressed the intellectual basis of virtue, identifying virtue with wisdom. This view led to the so-called Socratic paradox that, as Socrates asserts in the Protagoras, “no man does evil voluntarily.” (Aristotle later noticed that such a conclusion allows no place for moral responsibility.)
Hmm, I just read The Republic AND I’m taking a class in Ancient Philosophy, and this thought never crossed my mind. The topic has come up when discusssion is about Lucretius or others, but I don’t recall this coming up in Plato.
Thoughts of the night’s cramming for the exam tomorrow is trying to get into my mind the essential difference between Socrate’s notion of characters and paradigms (in Plato’s Parmenides) and the theory of Forms.