Essay on The Divine Attributes Of The Universe

874 Words Dec 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Along with Socrates, Plato continued building philosophy around the conception of the divine attributes of the universe, termed ideal forms by Socrates. These ideas resembled the Pre-Socratic notions of the mind, being, and logos. The search for reality requires intense contemplation and intuition, years of study, and mastery on the nature of the universe, the shape of the world, the soul and its immortality, human thought, psychology, and politics, but they lacked the empirical focus that usually defines science. In Plato’s early dialogues, Socrates’ personality and charter are richly portrayed. Socrates argues that material comfort, success, respect, and professional competence are nothing unless based on a rational search to improve one’s soul, character, virtue, and morality. He maintained that scientific speculations are useless since they do not reveal how to perfect the human soul or how a person should live. He sought only knowledge that would allow human beings to achieve the good, virtuous, and just life. Socrates assumed that one of three qualities ensures happiness and the good life. These qualities are identified as honor and success, pleasure, and knowledge. Of the three, Socrates argues that only knowledge guarantees happiness. Socrates arguments and life seem convincing demonstrations that virtues is knowledge, but it is not clear what such knowledge is (Sichel 1996). At his trial, he argued that whereas most people really do not have knowledge, they…

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