Socrates 'Wisdom In Artistophanes' Clouds

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Particularly, in the play, Artistophanes’ Clouds, the playwright depicts Socrates as the pinnacle philosopher of the Thinkery in Athens. Socrates is an influential thinker, a man who creates high pursuit for knowing the truth in determining a situation from right or wrong. Specifically, Socrates applies critical philosophy to each issue thus, finding a natural explanation for doing the right thing. However, this then leads to practical and skeptical wisdom, which Socrates uses the practical wisdom then by corrupting the youth and later interferes with the religion of the city. Nonetheless, Socrates later in the play is seen as a great influential character who talks to Strepsiades about which gods are the right ones to follow. Socrates defends his explanation by applying the Clouds, “Not in the least: they’re heavenly Clouds, great goddesses / for idle men, / who provide us with notions and dialectic and mind, / and marvel-telling and circumlocution and striking and seizing” (Line 316-318). This leads to understanding the notion of idle men being unaware of the practical and skeptical wisdom. Strepsiades is a clueless man when it comes to being a parent and a man of traditions. Thus, Socrates takes advantage of Strepsiades for not having neither of the understandings of wisdom, and just applies practical wisdom. Consequently, …show more content…
Without applying both wisdoms the student of the philosopher becomes narrow minded and begins to lack the understanding of the world outside the Thinkery. Aristophanes does a great job of depicting Socrates as a practical philosopher because Socrates lacks to see the world’s problems. In fact, Socrates’s mindset is to manipulate these idle men like Strepsiades and persuade them into thinking that the world’s problems can be solved by becoming less

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