Socrates: One of the Greatest Thinkers the World Has Ever 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 …show more content…
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