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  • Christianity Like Socrates And Plato
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    Socrates has undoubtedly had a major impact upon western philosophy and society in general. Plato, whose work is essentially an elaboration and expansion upon that of Socrates, has had a similar effect. Naturally, these two philosophers have been subjects of immense academic interest for over two thousand years. With this great interest comes both praise and criticism. One of the most critical writers to attack these legendary philosophers was Friedrich Nietzsche. Here I will examine Nietzsches ...
  • Greek Philosophy
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    Greek Philosophy Philosophy, the use of reason and argument in seeking truth and knowledge of reality. Throughout history man has searched for the origins of his existence, both on an outward and inward level, seeking truth and understanding of his world. The first culture to actively explore this idea of philosophy was the Greeks. Because their civilization placed less emphasis on religion and the masses didn't have to constantly answer to religious figures man had time to explore other things....
  • Only True Statesmen In Athens Socrates Believes
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    The topic of discussion, which will be the focus of this paper, will center on three major questions. The first is why Socrates believes that he is the only true statesman in Athens. The second is why Callicles believes that he is the true exemplar of statesmanship. The final question that will be addressed is what Aquinas may have said to both such arguments. Finally, the paper will conclude with the authors final thoughts on the arguments. Throughout the years there have been many debates betw...
  • Socrates Idea For The Just City
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    The questions of what exactly knowledge, virtue and the soul are, are among the most important problems of philosophy The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and exist. If there is life after death, the soul must be capable of an existence separate from the body. The mysteries of birth and death, the lapse of conscious life during sleep, even the most common operations of imagination and memory, which abstract a man from his bodily presence even while ...
  • One's Own Life
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    In order to help us understand the meaning of Philosophy we must first understand the long debates regarding what it means to be human, and how 'being' differs from 'to be'. Does an individual become human or is "that" individual only "that" individual? How does being differ from to be? The fundamental capacity to understand the world outside the world of the individual and his or her internal world includes the ability to interpret, characterize, and associate what things seem to be singular, o...
  • Plato And Socrates
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    Incongruities Within the Philosophy of Socrates There appears to be an unnatural and unfounded fascination with the alleged "works" of Socrates. Perhaps that it is simply that the absolutist ideals of philosophers such as Plato and Socrates do not appeal to the post-modern, politically correct, wish washy, materialistic reader. It is more likely, however, that the problems posed by the philosophy itself and its surrounding circumstances outweigh the insight and philosophical ingenuity. The world...
  • Socratic Philosophy
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    Socrate's First Accusers and Athenian Law Of all confrontations in political philosophy, the biggest is the conflict between philosophy and politics. The problem remains making philosophy friendly to politics. The questioning of authoritative opinions is not easily accomplished nor is that realm of philosophy - the pursuit of wisdom. Socrates was the instigator of the conflict. While the political element takes place within opinions about political life, Socrates asks the question 'What is the b...
  • Western Philosophy Through His Influence On Plato
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    Socrates was a Greek Philosopher, who profoundly affected Western philosophy through his influence on Plato. Born in Athens, the son of Sophroniscus, a sculptor, and Phaenarete, a midwife, he received the regular elementary education in literature, music, and gymnastics. Later he familiarized himself with the rhetoric and dialectics of the Sophists, the speculations of the loni an philosophers, and the general culture of Periclean Athens. Initially, Socrates followed the craft of his father; acc...
  • Philosophy Socrates
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    Introduction Who is Socrates Socrates was a Greek philosopher. He was the best of his time (400's BC), and is considered one of the wisest people of all times. Also, he was the first of three of the greatest teachers of ancient Greece. He was born and died in Athens. He was a short philosopher, who wore only a white robe at all times and all seasons. Socrates wasnt interested in money nor fame. He wrote no books and most the information known about him comes from his students: Plato and Xenophon...
  • Questioning Of A Belief System By Socrates
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    The original word for philosophy steams from the Greek word philosophy, meaning love of wisdom. Although Socrates himself never claimed to have any answers to the questions he raised, his views and methods of philosophy are the cornerstone of what philosophy is today. The nature of philosophy, as viewed by Socrates, is centred around the wellness of the soul, virtue being defined as knowledge and the pursuit of truth through the questioning of beliefs. Socrates heavily subscribed to a dualistic ...
  • Important Discussions Of The Real Socrates
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    Socrates was and is one of the most influential figures in the history of Western philosophy. He was a philosopher of Athens, generally regarded as one of the wisest people of all time. As if to fill the gap, successive individual philosophers and philosophical traditions - from Plato to Aristotle and beyond - construct a range of different Socrates, to serve either as a model for emulation or as a target of attack. It is this idea of the truth being pursued, rather than discovered, that charact...
  • Socrates Knowledge
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    Socrates was an ancient Greek thinker whose work proves a major turning point in Western Philosophy. He invented a method of teaching by asking questions, which was called the Socratic method. This method searched for definitions and turned Philosophy from the study of how things are to a consideration of the health of the human soul. Much of this work was brought out by his student, Plato. Socrates was born in Athens, Greece and lived there all his life. When he did leave it was to serve in the...
  • Aristotle Like Socrates
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    Phil or Sophie In philosophy, there are three main worldviews: Scientific Materialism, Spiritualism and Idealism / Realism/Rationalism. Scientific materialism is holds much in what we observe. What we hear, see, feel, taste, and smell, is what's real. It is totally physical. Spiritualism is the opposite of scientific materialism; it says that the physical is not always real and that there is a higher reality that transcends the physical. Idealism / Realism/Rationalism is a broad view that separa...
  • Plato And Socrates
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    The most interesting and influential thinker of his time was Socrates; his commitment to careful reasoning affected all philosophy to certain degree. Socrates wanted genuine knowledge rather than simple victory over anyone he was speaking to. Socrates used logical thought processes to this purpose, in the pursuit of truth. Socrates' willingness to call everything into question and his determination to accept nothing less than an adequate account of the nature of things made him many friends and ...

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