Political Philosophy: Steering the Middle Course

1334 WordsJun 25, 20186 Pages
Political philosophy is not a simple set of doctrines or theories; rather it is a way of life. The political philosopher’s life is a constant struggle between the political and the philosophical. He sees the contradictions that exist at all times in both worlds and lives with the questions more so than others. For these reasons, the true political philosopher is neither purely political nor purely philosophical. Nevertheless, a political philosophical life is worth living if the proper balance between the political and the philosophical is obtained. Socrates, founder of political philosophy, believes it necessary to be concerned with the way one should live individually and collectively, but hold it higher to try to understand this way of…show more content…
Socrates breaks him down to engage him in the philosophical questions. Euthydemus is left dispirited, but continues to hang around Socrates. In Xenophon’s Socrates, Strauss draws attention to the fact that Euthydemus’s desire to learn does not make him good-natured like Socrates or Xenophon. This is clear because Xenophon says that Socrates approached people in different manners depending of their nature. Clearly, then, the Memorabilia is themed around Socrates’s encounters with people of good and less good natures, more with those of less good nature. For example, Socrates is shown to have more extent conversations with Critobulus and Euthydemus, both known to be of a less good nature. Generally, this implies that there are more people of less good nature than those of good nature. Nevertheless, it seems that Socrates takes pleasure in conversing with those of a less good nature because he can approach them where they already are, and then try to engage them in the philosophical questions. Socrates is merely encountering his surroundings along with the ascending and descending natures of people. Socrates particularly sought to live his life in this way, first by encountering the reality in front of him; and second, by trying to understand the world around him. Moreover, it could be said that Socrates is political, in the sense that he dealt with what was immediate to him. He deals with the
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