Socrates: One of the Greatest Thinkers the World Has Ever Known

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Inspiring. Stubborn. Insightful. Socrates truly is one of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. But almost nothing is certain about him. This is because he did not bother to write some of his thoughts or teachings. But most of what we know about Socrates today comes to us from the works of his student, Plato. It is through many of his works that the ethical theories of Socrates can be learned and his methods known.
Socrates was a devout student of human nature and human motives. He was a passionate political commentator. The problem with that was that during that time, it could have landed him in jail, or worse, dead. "The States are as men, they grow out of human nature (Plato, 543a). This philosophy of Socrates is what
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So of course his popularity among younger Athenians was secured. Eventually, he was charged with ‘corrupting the youth’ and of interfering with religious practices, and in 399BC he was executed (Socrates: The Examiner, 2002).
Many researchers first tried to put Socrates in the group of teachers from that era known as the Sophists. But at a closer look, Socrates departed from their philosophies by a wide margin. Socrates believed that there was such thing as absolute morality, while the Sophists believed that morality was in the eyes of the beholder.
In Plato's portrayal of Socrates, the philosopher, extended conversations and arguments with various (fictional) students, statesmen, and friends, with most of the endgame results being a gaining of virtue. Part of the reason he was so disliked by the establishment was that he logically and carefully destroyed any allusion to the fact that people already "knew everything" and in fact showed that the human race was pretty ignorant. Realizing that ignorance was the beginning of wisdom, he thought, and let the serious student to progress through the final stages towards the realization of perfect knowledge.
In the end, Socrates seems to see the necessity for a person possessing piety in that it makes the majority of humankind abide with some organization of thought and will. Piety provides for a type of justice that most can tolerate, he also

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