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Social Beings

We are all products of particular societies. We do not "make ourselves". We owe much of what we consider to be our "identity" and "personal opinions" to the community in which we live. This made perfect sense to Aristotle. For Aristotle, the primary function of the state was to enable collectivist human beings to have philosophical discussions and eventually agree on a shared code of ethics.

MAN IS BY NATugt:: A POLITIC.AL ANIMAL. Ii IS IN HIS NAIUIZE To LJVE IN A STATE.

But as soon as we are formed, most of us start to question the society that has made us. and do so in a way that seems unique to us. Socrates stressed that it was in fact our duty.

A~ QUEs1iOlllS Agcur ACCEPTED MO~PJ- OPINWN5, ANP HEV~ SiOP DOING So.

The State may decide what is legally right and wrong, but the law and morality are not the same thing .

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