Socrates Weaknesses

1077 WordsOct 1, 20175 Pages
Socrates was an admirable philosopher during his time in Athens, Greece. One can learn a lot through the way he debated with the wisest of men, always winning and not being swayed with his thoughts. After hearing about an oracle that said he was the wisest, he went around the city, sparking intellectual arguments with those that thought they were the most enlightened, in order to find someone wiser than he was. However, he “found that those who had the highest reputation were nearly the most deficient, while those who were thought to be inferior were more knowledgeable” (The Apology, The Trial and Death of Socrates). Socrates went around spreading his unpopular beliefs, saying what no one else would. By doing this he was able to have…show more content…
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