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Plato goes onto state that virtue is helpful or beneficial (pg 53-54) for the soul and what is beneficial or helpful is only so in the context of wisdom, it would seem that "virtue is wisdom, either in whole or in part." (pg 54) This leads us to believe that yes, virtue is teachable and "nature would not make men good...
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There are teachers for other crafts (medicine, craftsmanship, etc.) and everybody agrees that these are genuine teachers, whereas people disagree about whether the Sophists really do teach virtue. Maybe this is because virtue cannot be taught. On page 55, Socrates discusses how something as important as virtue can be, where are the teachers? Socrates states: "I have in truth often tried to find if there were teachers of [virtue], but, do what I will, I can find none...
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