Socrates And The Socratic Practice Essay

1453 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
The Socratic practice, as presented in The Apology through Socrates’s explanation of it and his way of implementing it, relies on its implementer being perceived as truthful and disinterested in wealth, while simultaneously questioning the perceived knowledge amongst individuals of authority. Socrates’s form of philosophical discussion forced the burden of the conversation upon his opponents though this questioning. In the Republic, Socrates provides an apt example of the Socratic practice as he argues against Thrasymachus. The first and foremost aspect of Socrates’s rhetoric is that he claims to speak only the truth. In the Apology, Socrates begins his speech by saying to his fellow Athenians that “From me you will hear the whole truth, though not, by Zeus, gentlemen, expressed in embroidered and stylized phrases like theirs, but things spoken at random and expressed in the first words that come to mind” (Apology 17c). It is not necessarily important whether Socrates fulfills his promise here or not — there is a strong argument to be made that he does speak in a calculated way. When Socrates asserts his truthfulness, it is less about the reality of his arguments and more about the way in which he hopes to be perceived. It is important, in the Socratic practice, to appear truthful. In the Apology, Socrates once again begins in his discussion by asserting his devotion to the truth. When Thrasymachus challenges Socrates and calls him dishonest, Socrates responds by saying…

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