Essay on Socrates 's Views On Socrates

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Socrates ' friend went to the Oracle of Delphi to ask if anyone was wiser than him. When the oracle said that no one was wiser than Socrates, he did not believe him and Socrates began his search in Athens for those wiser than him (25). Socrates knew that he does not know something while others believed they know something they do not know, and Socrates searched for those who knew they knew nothing. First he began with a politician, whom helped run the town. Socrates believed that surely he must have wisdom if he creates rules and regulations, however after Socrates pressed on and tried to learn from him, he realized the politician did not know what he was talking about. Socrates tried to show him that he thought himself wise, but was not, and from this the politician came to dislike Socrates. Socrates left thinking that he was wiser than this politician because although it is likely neither Socrates nor the politician knew anything, Socrates knew that he did not know something while the politician believed he knew something he did not know (26). Next, Socrates approached a poet who he thought would show Socrates how ignorant he truly was, however after questioning the poet on his most troubled poems, Socrates discovered that it was not wisdom that enabled the poet to create these poems; instead it was natural inspiration. Similar to the situation with the politician, Socrates realized that the poet thought himself to be wise because of his poetry, however he actually knew…

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