Textual Analysis Of Socrates

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Socrates is remembered for drastically altering philosophical ideology by implementing personal, existential thought into Greek society. Actually, Socrates was nicknamed the Athenian Gadfly, because he felt that the gods must have put him in front of the Athenian people so that the citizens wouldn't lack spiritually, and felt like he was a gadfly annoying a horse. Before Socrates, philosophy consisted more of ‘what is out-of-one’s control’ such as skepticism about the universe and its nature. Socrates flipped the script from external, tangible ideology to internal thought and how it effects the human collective, hence procreating the concept of Ethics. He pioneered morality as a science. Socrates was such an influential philosopher that any thinker before Socrates is…show more content…
Because of Socrates we know that it is a positive thing to think deeper, search harder, and accept what we can’t understand or control. Yet, the analysis of Socrates’ thought is handicapped by the infamous “problem of socrates”: he didn’t document or write anything. However, others, such as Plato and Xenophon, did document the dirty life and times of Mr. Socrates. The debate, supposedly, is how fabricated the stories truly are. Much like the story of Jesus Christ, there isn’t nothing written by him or even till late in his life, or perhaps after, so it is hard for one to accept Socrates’ ideas as an absolute truth. Socrates believes that knowledge is one of the most paramount ways in which a man can ‘succeed.’ True knowledge is something one understands to be true because of having lived it out for one’s self. Every scenario that a person lives through only makes that person more understanding. Wiser, if you will. People are flawed. However, if they learn from the negative situation, the situation is no longer negative. On the contrary, the situation actually becomes even more positive then it once was negative. This theory relates to all people and
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