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  • An Unexamined Life Of Socrates

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    An Unexamined Life Lyndsey Emry PHIL 1381-17 Introduction to Philosophy Professor Bannister When studying Socrates, you the reader must come up with your point of view and take what Socrates is trying to teach into your own approach. You must also think why Socrates choose the words he choose. Socrates ' careful choice of words give much color to his quote, “an unexamined life is no life for a human being to live.” The word "examined" for example has many definitions, including: to

  • An Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    The Examined or Unexamined Life Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher who lived from 470 BC to 399 BC. Today he is credited with many influential philosophical ideas and quotes, but one in particular “An unexamined life is not worth living”. What Socrates means by this quote is that a life without the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge is no life at all. Socrates reflects on this idea to his audience of jurors during his trial. The men of Athens felt threatened by Socrates, believing him spreading

  • The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    human history. It can be seen in philosophy, religion, art and science. “The unexamined life is not worth living” is what Plato said in the Apology. This search for what make life worth living is something we all struggle with regardless of culture, race, gender or ethnicity. In this response I will examine my life and articulate how I have choose to find meaning in my existence. My journeys have made me a student of life. At my core I am a nomad, always searching always seeing. I want to touch things

  • Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    convicted for impiety to the gods and for corrupting the youth because he had taught the young adults to question, he was given the opportunity to propose his own penalty. He refused to give up his mission as the one calling Athens to the examined way of life. He refused to leave Athens, if the condition were to be that he had to give up teaching. He summed up his defense in the following way: If I say that I cannot hold my peace (by giving up my mission) because that would be to disobey the god

  • Socrates' Unexamined Life Essay

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    Why does Socrates think that the unexamined life is not worth living? Does he have a good defense of his philosophical life? As the wisest man in all of ancient Greece, Socrates believed that the purpose of life was both personal and spiritual growth. He establishes this conviction in what is arguably his most renowned statement: "The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates makes it quite evident through the severity of the language in this claim, the extent to which he will live

  • The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    b) "The unexamined life is not worth living", quoted Socrates. It appears that, following his brilliant logic, the key to "living philosophically" is exactly how one interprets and scrutinizes their own life in a philosophical context. As with the nature of philosophy itself, living philosophically is also ambiguous, and it could very well be that one lives "philosophically" even if they do not necessarily realize it. Take, for instance, a person who questions why humans and all life forms must die;

  • An Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    "An unexamined life is not worth living."  (Plato, trans. 1871, pa.68)   As Socrates stands against the court, on his final moments, he stands against his firm beliefs, and his insubordinate teachings.  He feels that it is his mission, by God, and his purpose, to seek for this truth within both himself, and other men.  It is often asked what makes life worth living?  In the eyes of Socrates, this 'unexamined life' is one who lives with ignorance, and is not willing to live through experiences, and

  • The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    "The unexamined life is not worth living." (Apology, 41e) Socrates held this statement to himself to a point where he allowed the courts to take his life because they don’t want him to continue his quest of insights, questions and knowledge. The philosophy of Socrates as explained by Plato offers an important concept of what it means to live the examined life and what makes a life either examined or unexamined. The combination of Euthyphro, The Apology and the Republic help understand what Socrates

  • The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    Living life without the competence to absorb new wisdom is a life that is not worth living. The value of life becomes overlooked when people are reluctant towards finding aspects of their own lives that could improve with change. This is the message Socrates speaks on during his trial in order to defend his name against the jurors. “The Apology” written by Plato, is the story of Socrates speech he gave during his hearing for altering the morals of the society in Athens. In Socrates’ opinion, he was

  • The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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    Louis 1 “An unexamined life is not worth living” Imagine living a life without change, development and growth. Imagine living a life without any consciousness of what life has to offer. As mind-boggling as this may sound, there are actually many people on this earth that have not taken the effort to know themselves. People should be able to fairly judge their lives. Man should be able to gain wisdom by the examinations of the deeds they’ve done to prepare for the future. Life is no longer worth