Understanding Philosophy and Its Benefits

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Understanding Philosophy and its Benefits
By: Anonymous

Understanding Philosophy and its Benefits 1
Many of Plato’s dialogues such as the Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo are based upon the same reoccurring theme, the defense of the study of philosophy. Plato’s dialogues notable for their depth in a relatively narrow framework, attempt to argue the benefits of philosophical reasoning through essence, knowledge and truth.
To understand the benefits of philosophy one must pose the question, what is philosophy? Ironically, philosophy in itself is a reflexive question. It is this bidirectional theory that makes philosophy so profoundly intellectual. It becomes reason as to why trying to find out what philosophy actually is
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Plato attempts to convince his readers through his dialogues the importance of the study of philosophy. Plato argues through essence, knowledge and truth throughout his various dialogues; Euthyphro, The Apology, Crito and Phaedo, to convey that importance, in what I believe to be a very effective manner. Philosophy is inherently referred to as the “knowledge of truth” and it is through essence that we obtain knowledge. By correlating these three intertwined entities, Plato has created a very solid argument and basis for his defense of the study of philosophy.

Works Cited
Cooper, John M. Ed. "Euthyphro." Plato: Complete Works. Indianapolis: Hutchinson,
1997.1-16. Print.
Cooper, John M. Ed. “Crito.” Plato: Complete Works. Indianapolis: Hutchinson, 1997.37-48.Print.
Cooper, John M. Ed. “Phaedo.” Plato: Complete Works. Indianapolis: Hutchinson, 1997.49-100.Print.
Cooper, John M. Ed. “The Apology” Plato: Complete Works. Indianapolis: Hutchinson, 1997.17-36.Print.

Rubric
A – The typical A paper has almost perfect spelling, punctuation and grammar. It makes no mistakes in citation. It is well organized and clearly written. It has required number of words. It has a clear thesis statement near its beginning. It provides an accurate resume of the readings and class discussion relevant to its thesis. It has a thesis that meets the topic requirements. It presents a sound (i.e good) argument for its thesis. It considers possible

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