Socrates

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Socrates the Greek Philosopher

December 14, 2014
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In the beautiful city of Athens, Greece, there was a philosopher Socrates, and his "Socratic method," was laid on the groundwork for the Western systems of logic and philosophy. Socrates did believe that he didn't know anything, and It was because of this that the Oracle told Socrates that he was wise and that he should seek out the 'wise men' to hear what they had to say. So Socrates began to travel to different parts of Greece to question the suppose 'wise’ men to see if they really knew all the answers to life. The youth laid their eyes on Socrates since he possessed a different way of thinking and living. His unique method of questioning and insulting was believed that he
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In which, this gaining knowledge also made Socrates struggle; how can oneself can gain knowledge and when? In the Crito, Socrates stated that a person should obey the contract of the Laws of Athens. He metaphorically said that the Laws of Athens and the citizens were all parents and children. If a child breaks the law, it is like he is disrespecting his parents. If a person wants to live a “good life” then one has to obey the laws. Socrates, as a Greek Philosopher, mentioned that the politics were not for philosophers. He believed that once a philosopher enters politics, they could easily be torn and killed. If one thinks different than others, one is putting themselves to death. Socrates wanted to be an individual roaming around the cities. The politic life was not meant for him, and he did not want to get all mixed up or thrown around. He simply wanted to bring issues up to one person at a time. In my opinion, a philosopher like Socrates would probably put himself more in more danger if he were to be put in politics. Politics is a waste of time, and Socrates wanted answers, so he talked to the people directly. Socrates also believed that if a person who enters politics, would have to get along with others and either have to try or force themselves to agree with one another; which he did not want to lie to himself for the sake of others. Socrates did not give up on philosophy. He pursued as if it was his destiny to show the

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