The Wisest Man And Know Nothing Essay

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The Wisest Man to Know Nothing
(An Analysis of Socrates as an individual “Socrates was a Greek philosopher and is considered the father of western philosophy.” as described by Joshua J. Mark. Socrates clearly left an impression on the world considering most westerns know his name almost twenty-five hundred years after his execution. Yet, what could be so interesting and captivating about a philosopher that lived in Athens, Greece almost two thousand five hundred years ago. Socrates is a legendary figure within history and his lack of leaving any written records, military service and controversial execution make him intriguing. One of the most fascinating parts of Socrates is his lack of any self-written records. Debra Nails concludes that,“The Socratic problem is a rat 's nest of complexities arising from the fact that various people wrote about Socrates whose accounts differ in crucial respects, leaving us to wonder which, if any, are accurate representations of the historical Socrates.” There are a multiple accounts of Socrates as an individual with the most well-known coming from Socrates most influential student, Plato. According to Richard Kraut, Plato describes Socrates with the following line, “He is portrayed in these works as a man of great insight, integrity, self-mastery, and argumentative skill.” How accurately is Socrates portrayed by Plato? That’s debatable considering Plato was an author and he possibly only used Socrates as a symbol within his writings.…

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