Socrates, An Athenian Philosopher

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Socrates was an Athenian philosopher, who was one of the most well known people of his time (400BC) due to his ability to meticulously question peoples opinions regardless of their social status. He used a philosophical approach in order to help people prosper themselves and believed strongly in the idea of caring for the soul. He was physically short and deemed as unattractive in comparison to Athenian standards. He never dwelled in matters that involved money or gaining power as he was more interested in gaining knowledge and discovering the truth behind the inner soul. Socrates never wrote books in regards to himself, so the information known about him came only from the writings written by his students; Plato and Xenophon. His fervent need for pursuing philosophy was evident as he was devoted to his country and dedicated himself to teaching others on how to examine themselves and improve their souls. He was considered the epitome of wisdom and rationality as he influenced and inspired others to stimulate their minds and come to their own understanding. By introducing what is referred to as the Socratic method, his philosophy and way of critically questioning things has pivotally …show more content…
His approach to philosophy was admirable as he sought out actual knowledge instead of gloating over outwitting whoever he was arguing with. He never desired money or fame and was content with living a humble lifestyle. His acceptance of the juries decision was pivotal as by doing so he essential became a martyr who was willing to die for what he believed in. In conclusion I believe that Socrates was wrongly sentenced to death. He hoped that the people of Athens would see the error of their belief system but instead he ended up meeting his demise. I believe he could have reasoned his way out of a death sentence but he was so dedicated to philosophy that he would rather calmly accept his sentence rather than giving up his

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