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I'm trying to hunt down a half-remembered quote from Plato, possibly from the Republic, where he actually argues AGAINST teaching children philosophy too early, in the fears it will confuse them and lead them to relativism. It seems to me related to the "noble lie" but I didn't find it in that section.

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    Rep. bk 7, 538-41 perhaps "There is a danger lest they should taste the dear delight too early; for youngsters, as you may have observed, when they first get the taste in their mouths, argue for amusement, and are always contradicting and refuting others in imitation of those who refute them;"
    – sand1
    Jun 1, 2019 at 8:51
  • @sand1 I think this is the passage I'm looking for, can you please make this an actual answer so it can be voted on, and potentially accepted? Jun 3, 2019 at 14:44

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This is from The Republic, Book 7: 538-41

There is a danger lest they should taste the dear delight too early; for youngsters, as you may have observed, when they first get the taste in their mouths, argue for amusement, and are always contradicting and refuting others in imitation of those who refute them;

http://www.literaturepage.com/read/therepublic-287.html

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