Socrates - A Philosopher whom I admire!!
March 14, 2007 5:19am CST
Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopher who is widely credited for laying the foundation for Western philosophy. Socrates was the most interesting and influential thinker in the fifth century whose dedication to careful reasoning transformed the entire enterprise. Since he sought genuine knowledge rather than mere victory over an opponent, Socrates employed the same logical tricks developed by the Sophists to a new purpose, the pursuit of truth. Thus, his willingness to call everything into question and his determination to accept nothing less than an adequate account of the nature of things make him the first clear exponent of critical philosophy.
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• United States
7 May 07
While he is certainly a strong stone in the foundation of modern thought, he had his shortcomings. First, Socrates was moderately arrogant, and thus devoted much of his time to a purpose less noble than what he was most likely capable of. As we know, Socrates claimed that the Oracle had told him that he was the wisest man alive, and thus he went around archaic athens questioning experts to see if this was true. Of course, he found that it was, but a mere revelation of a tiny downfall of society could have been more felicitously replaced by a major advance in education, science, or humanism had Socrates devoted less time to proving himself superior.
• United States
10 Apr 07
I too am a fan of Socrates. It's interesting that you mention Socrates employing the rhetoric of the Sophists, due to the fact that Plato (and many others) attributed much of the suspicion and condemnation of Socrates to the Sophists themselves.