Dialogues And Symposium : Socrates ' Search For Knowledge Essay

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Five Dialogues & Symposium: Socrates’ Search for Knowledge
In Five Dialogues and Symposium by Plato, Socrates the Ancient Greek philosopher challenges his fellow men about the notion that they do not posses knowledge. The role of a philosopher is to reflect on life and ask existential questions because curiosity is innate in all humans. In Apology, Socrates expresses to the jury and judges at his trial, “they have been proved to lay claim to knowledge when they know nothing” (Apology, 23d). Though humans claim to have knowledge, Socrates believes human wisdom is worthless because it is unattainable. In this essay I will be discussing Socrates’ reasons why humans are ignorant and attaining knowledge is impossible to achieve in life.
Socrates is a firm believer that no human being has knowledge including him. In Euthyphro, Socrates has a conversation with a prosecutor called Euthyphro about the meaning of piety. Socrates begins the conversation without knowing piety and is curious about Euthyphro’s view on the subject. Like many humans, Euthyphro insists he has knowledge. Socrates challenges Euthyphro’s views because Socrates is in a position as a philosopher to search for the truth. The conversation between these two men is cyclical, thus never coming to a conclusion on the meaning of piety. Socrates says to Euthyphro, “So the pious is once again what is dear to the gods” (Euthyphro, 15b). This conclusion does not satisfy Socrates, as Socrates is only concerned about the Form…

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