There is Nothing Banal About Philosophy

According to Socrates, the only evil is ignorance

Image: Alcibiades and Socrates, by Marcello Bacciarelli, 1776–77, Wikipedia Commons

According to Socrates, the only evil is ignorance. This phrase has always been controversial, because it seems to be immediately refuted by the very well known fact that lots of people do bad things in full knowledge of what they are doing. Adolf Eichmann, for one, was not just a low level bureaucrat who followed…