The Importance Of The Socratic Method

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The Importance of the Socratic Method: A Summary and Analysis of the Life, Trial, and Death of Socrates This philosophic study will summarize and analyze the life, trial, and death of Socrates in relation to the contribution of the Socratic Method. Socrates was a philosopher that contributed the important ethical and moral values of knowledge through the Socratic Method. Socrates invented a method of questioning to ascertain the validity of knowledge. Often, these questions would bring forth a “dialogue”, which would question the validity of knowledge related to the gods, rhetoric, and other ethical issues with a local official and/or a sophist. Eventually, Socrates would be perceived as a threat to the young people of Athens for questioning the authority of city officials. This would result in a trial, which would eventually become his last “dialogue” utilizing the Socratic method. In essence, corrupt Athenian governmental officials would eventually put Socrates to death, yet he would leave behind the important legacy of the Socratic method as his major contribution to western philosophy. Socrates was born around 469-470 B.C. to Sophroniscus (a sculptor) and a midwife named Phaenarete. In his early years, he became a sculpture like his father, yet he would never fully commit himself to this art (Schlosser 75). In his adult years, Socrates was a soldier of great heroism, as he had saved the life of general Alcibiades during the Battle of Potidaea in 432 B.C. This act
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