Socrate's Wisdom Basic Phil. Socrates was a man that was in search of the truth about wisdom. However, it became more than just a simple search, rather it tuned into a complex assignment where the answer of true wisdom leads Socrates to be brought up on charges of corrupting society. As a philosopher Socrates is known to take every angle of an argument and to never put belief into one idea. Therefore Socrates was known to perplex even simple ideas and to frustrate his opponent. People who have experienced this accuse Socrates of making his own truths about the natural and unnatural world when in actuality he his still in search of a better meaning.
This becomes a key factor in the 'Apology' where Socrates is brought up on charges for corrupting the mind of the youths and the people that attended to his lectures. His best defence comes about when he tells the Athenian jury about his account of a confrontation of his friend Chairephon and the Oracle of Delphi. Socrates friend from youth, Chairephon, ventured to the land of Delphi to ask the Oracle that presided there if there was a man that contained more wisdom than Socrates. The Oracle responded that there was no man wiser than he.
This caught Socrates off guard because he never thought of himself as being wise at all. He ventured out to test the oracle's statement to see if what was said was in fact the truth. He approached a man that was known by the public to be very wise. He then proceeded to question the man to see if he was a wise as he thought himself to be.
Socrates found that the man didn't take to what Socrates asked of him and became angry. Socrates tried this on another man who was said to be even wiser than the man before. The same thing happened. He tried this with many people and found that every ones wisdom including his own was little or worthless. I believe that Socrates is trying to convey the fact that no man possesses more wisdom than the other. If Socrates were said to be the wisest man then surely people would not react in the way they did.
If he is the wisest man than he would be able to tell the man that they are not as wise as they think. Surely the wisest man can make anyone aware of this. This is why Socrates believes himself to be very unwise and also that wisdom among many men is worthless. Socrates is not a teacher and not looking to corrupt anyone.
His beliefs are mere opinions and he has no real answers. If he were the wisest man than he would not need to question or debate. He would already know and not need to question. The way Socrates looked for answer was difficult to endure but how can wisdom be obtained with out difficulty? Therefore, Socrates was not the wisest man but perhaps the most eager to learn.