The Legacy Of Critical Thinking

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Greek philosopher Socrates left a legacy of critical thinking that shaped the fundamentals of what philosophy is today. It’s worthy to distinguish that such legacy was recorded in history by the writings of some of his students and not by work of his own. Socrates was a curious Athenian whose hunger for knowledge led him to breakthrough a big truth, to an epiphany; as much as he knew, he was still ignorant, but he was aware of his ignorance. The knowing of his own lack of knowledge is what set him apart from the rest of his peers. In the first part of the Four Dialogues (Apology), Socrates is going through a trial. He is being accused of using his eloquence to deviate young people from their right mind and corrupt them, as he teaches them how to think for themselves. He defended himself by stating that he is no teacher and that his habit of questioning other people’s reasoning has made some people hate him since they have failed to use the same method for their own doings. Self-improvement is the key for Socrates to be such an eloquent philosopher. His philosophy seeks for self-improvement rather than improvement made because of other people’s achievements or failures. One should be a better version of oneself and should stop looking at other people and thinking one is better. Socrates states: “So I left him, saying to myself as I went away: Although, I suppose that neither of us knows anything really beautiful or good, I am better off than he is,--for he knows nothing and
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