Socrates 's Philosophy And Philosophy Essays

1000 Words Nov 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Socrates One of the most influential and important philosophers there has ever been, was Socrates. He is seen as the founding figure of western philosophy. Socrates has been known to have set the basics for philosophy. Although there are no writings that come directly from Socrates himself, we have gotten stories about him from his students writings. Most of the stories come from Plato, but they also come from others like Aristotle. That means that everything we know about him only comes from others peoples accounts and observations of him. Socrates taught Plato, who in turn taught Aristotle, who then tutored Alexander the Great. Socrates was different from previous philosophers who wanted to know how to world worked. Instead, Socrates wanted to know more about himself, other people and how they should behave. Most of Socrates views and main ideas in philosophy were in the fields of ethics and epistemology. Socrates believes in the act of questioning everything. Throughout his life. He questioned everything and everybody in order to find out more about himself. When he heard that one of the Gods said Socrates was the wisest man, he decided to set out on proving that wrong. He started questioning people who seemed to be wise. While doing that, he made a lot of enemies because from questioning them, he undermined their authority. From that, he also learned that they were not very wise at all. He also gathered that he himself is wise because he knows nothing of importance. At…

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