Socrates Xenophon's Ways And Means

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Xenophon Xenophon was a student of Socrates, a soldier, historian and philosopher. He was born in Athens in the early years of the Peloponnesian War and was raised well educated and with military training. He is well-known for writing Anabasis , Memorabilia , and Apology . He developed some of his philosophical views from Socrates teachings and from war. Some these philosophies can be found in his practical treatises that provide useful information on how to do certain things such as taxation in his Ways and Means. Xenophon was banished from Athens later in his life for fighting against it, his exile was then revoked and died near Athens. Xenophon became a follower of Socrates ever since Socrates first came across him. “They say that Socrates met him in a narrow lane, and put his stick across it and …show more content…
The people of Athens thought of Socrates as a corrupter of the youth. This can be seen in his books that involve Socrates called Memorabilia. Here, “Xenophon’s Socrates is shown in conversation with various people from a wide variety of walks of life and with quite starkly different moral characters... The individual books… consistently show a Socrates who is above all committed to helping people improve their lives in all practical dimensions; “Socrates was so useful in all circumstances and in all ways…” Memorabilia IV.i.1). In contrast to Plato’s Socrates, who is committed to “follow the argument wherever, like a wind, it may lead us” (Plato, Republic 394D), Xenophon’s Socrates strives always to send his conversation partners away with some nuggets of practical advice which they may put to use right away ( _____ ).” Xenophon’s story of the first couple of books defends Socrates’ loss and death which occur in his trial and the last two books explain his moral philosophy and which proves he does not corrupt the

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