Apology, By Plato 's Apology

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“I know, I do not know,” are the words that constitute Socrates’ philosophy that “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” In “Apology,” written by Plato, this ethical belief makes a bold appearance demonstrating that true ignorance only revolves around those who think that they know everything. In “Apology,” Socrates learns that the wisest men are those who do not think of themselves of wise, and rather make an approach of going beyond an authentic method of inquiry and helping others seek their personal philosophies which may result in conflict. In Plato’s “Apology,” Socrates demonstrates that introspection is the key to living life with purpose. Socrates knowing himself, held in certain that he had “no wisdom small or great” (Plato, trans. 1871). Upon hearing the prophecy about him from the Oracle of Delphi asserting that there was “no man wiser” than him in all of Athens, he became puzzled (Plato, trans. 1871). In response to the message about him from the Oracle of Delphi, Socrates felt obliged to disprove this statement by seeking a wiser man, and once found he would refute the prophecy by affirming to God "Here is a man who is wiser than I am; but you said that I was the wisest"(Plato, trans. 1871). Socrates embarked on a search for men with “the reputation of wisdom.” First, he interrogated a politician, then the poets, and then artisans. While questioning the politician, he found that “although he was thought wise by many, and wiser still…

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