The Negative Consequences Of Socrates

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Socrates (467-399) was the first “poor” philosopher. He is well known for dialoguing and entering into study by asking questions, which is the basis for the Socratic Method. Also known for vehemently speaking out againstwriting, Socrates never wrote any of his philosophies down. He believed that writing made people intellectually lazy, and instead of expanding their capacity for memory, made it smaller. This is a very interesting thing to consider, since many people will write things down instead of committing them to memory because it is easier. Socrates was against the teaching of ideas without dialogue, which he believed writing tried to attempt by preventing people from really engaging the subject matter on their own. However, I think that the benefits of writing far outweigh the negative consequences of it. Without writing, humans would have a limited way of passing information on, especially in communication with those in other parts of the world, and in the future. Interesting, as a result of his distaste for writing, any information about Socrates' philosophies that we have come from other people who recorded his ideas, most notably Plato (427-347). Plato decided to write out Socrates' many dialogues, even though he knew of Socrates critique of writing. It is possible that he did not believe writing out Socrates dialogues was wrong since it does encourage readers engagment in the information as it is written in a conversational style. So what made Socrates enter

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