Essay on Socrates And His Moral Philosophy

1843 Words Oct 19th, 2016 8 Pages
“I do not know” is the go to answer for a question that cannot be answered, but to one man it means more. That man is Socrates and his philosophy is based on that wisdom is based on how much a person knows. Since Socrates knew he did not know much, he was very wise according to his daemon because he did not claim to know more than he did. Many people today see Socrates 6as an icon to be cherished forever because of his “wisdom”, but people forget to ask where his moral philosophy comes from. Socratic Piety is the term that shows the influences that Socrates’s God had on moral philosophy and other viewpoints. While Socrates’s moral philosophy was revolutionary for the time, his views on death are very interesting as he was not afraid of it. Many scholars look to the multiple references to his God in the Apology by Plato as an answer to how his moral philosophy and views on death were formed. In Plato 's Apology, Socrates 's piety is the source of his moral philosophy and thoughts on death. Socrates main belief and component of his moral philosophy is proved through his god in Plato’s Apology. Socrates belief in his God and the impact it has on his philosophy is summed up nicely in the book Philosophy 101 by stating that “every single time Socrates mentions philosophy, he mentions its origins and pins it to the god” (Kreeft 41). The proof of this is shown when Socrates explains that the Oracle at Delphi gave him an important message that had led Socrates to start to question…

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