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Part of the Modern Studies in Philosophy book series. Download book Pages i- vi. PDF · Introduction: The Paradox of Socrates. Gregory Vlastos. Pages or occupation: discussing philosophy. Xenophon and. Aristophanes respectively portray Socrates as accepting payment for teaching and running a sophist. Retrieved August 24, , from verbatimura.ga Jonassen, D. (, September). Evaluating Constructivist.
In the Protagoras, for example, a section of the dialogue revolves around the issue of asking and answering questions, so the issue is thematized, as well as characterized, within the dialogue.
Protagoras asks Socrates how short the answers need to be: Socrates avoids the dichotomy by flattering Protagoras and by taking advantage of his agonistic spirit: Socrates, I have had verbal contests with many people, and if I were to accede to your request and do as my opponent demanded, I would not be thought superior to anyone, nor would Protagoras be a name to be reckoned with among the Greeks.
This account clearly misses the point that Protagoras has made: When a similar dispute around who asks and who answers the questions takes place between Socrates and a less quiet character such as Euthydemus, the issue constitutes a clear provocation of anger.
As if he has not understood the point, Socrates maintains that it is impossible to answer the questions he is being asked without reaching a certain agreement about the meaning of the words first. So here we have the reverse situation, and this time it is Socrates who resists being placed in the position in which he normally puts his interlocutor. In this case, Socrates shows a clear understanding of the power to manipulate the discussion that is granted to the one who asks.
Moreover, placed in the disadvantageous position, it is Socrates himself who uses a combative vocabulary exhibiting the competitive spirit of the dialogue: In the Theaetetus, Socrates gives a hint of this when he says that he cannot grasp of what knowledge is, and how to put it into words. He challenges his contenders in a playful way to advance their own ideas about knowledge a What do all of you say?
Anyone who makes a mistake shall sit down and be Donkey, as the children say when they are playing ball; and anyone who comes through without a miss shall be King and make us answer any question he likes. Well, why this silence? Socrates extends an invitation to a non-agonistic dialectic, where the search for truth replaces the honour of victory as the leading principle. His interlocutors perceive the presence of suspicious misleading arguments, and in the end they have to face a humiliating aporia regarding something which they pride themselves upon, and in front of others.
The way in which Plato characterizes the anger that Socrates provokes in his interlocutors points to a sense of unfairness at the mismatch between what Socrates proposes a cooperative dialogue , and what he actually does a dialectic entailing several covert agonistic elements. In this sense, anger in these dialogues serves as a marker of a number of elements and transgressions that are not always explicitly expressed. Anger also marks the awareness of certain covert agonistic elements, such as fallacious arguments and control over the dialogue, that contribute to a sense that certain established rules are not being properly respected.
The relationship between knowledge of the truth and dialectical victory is more complex than a mere opposition.
Thus, even though Socrates establishes that his method of philosophy seeks the truth instead of dialectical victory, his very criterion of truth is based on the ability to survive dialectical battles — the fact that one has been victorious in an argument does not in any way guarantee that a new consideration may come to challenge it. Therefore, the truth that Socrates pursues is deeply agonistic in nature, and this is something that does not escape to his interlocutors.
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He was seemingly rather ugly with a snub nose, piercing eyes, a broad nose and a wide mouth - he nevertheless became prominent in Athenian life because of the range and qualty of his mind and his ideas!!!
Athenians who came to know him held that whatever about his appearance he was "all glorious within" - he was on speaking terms with many of those who were at the centre of Athenian affairs. Alike with other citizens Socrates was called upon to serve the Athenian state in times of war.
He served as a hoplite soldier and showed much personal courage - he had a naturally mystically inclined personality and was occasionally found to be somewhat rapt in ecstacies and trances even whilst on military service.
The Athens of the day was morally and ethically dislocated due to the sufferings and struggles associated with the ongoing Peloponessian Wars with Sparta.
A friend, in consultation with the Oracle at Delphi, asked was any man wiser than Socrates. The Oracle replied that there were not!!!
Upon being told of this answer Socrates maintained that this implied that he, alone, had this claim to wisdom - that he fully recognised his own ignorance. From that time Socrates sought out people who had a reputation for wisdom and, in every case, was able to reveal that their reputations were not justified.
Socrates regarded this behaviour as a service to God and decided that he should continue to make efforts to improve people by persuading and reminding them of their own ignorance. What we now call the "Socratic method" of philosophical inquiry involved questioning people on the positions they asserted and working them through further questions into seemingly inevitable contradictions, thus proving to them that their original assertion had fatal inconsistencies. Socrates refers to this "Socratic method" as elenchus.
The Socratic method gave rise to dialectic, the idea that truth needs to be approached by modifying one's position through questionings and exposures to contrary ideas.
Whilst Socrates was polite and considerate, in the ways in which he brought people to face their own ignorance and at the same time encouraged them to join with him in a sincere search for truth, many of these interviews were conducted in public in market-place or Gymnasium.
The youth of Athens came to regard it as a form of entertainment to see those of pretentious reputation humbled. Some people used the Socratic method to similarly bring others to face their own ignorance but may have been less polite and more personal in their approach. Those so discomfited often blamed those they held responsible for misleading youth rather than themselves for entertaining unjustifiable pretensions. Socrates came to feel that he had a "Divine mission" to improve the moral education of the Athenians and tended to neglect his business in order to spend time in moral philosophising and in informal educational discussions with Athenian youths.
Prior to the times "philosophy" had been primarily directed towards the natural sciences.
Socrates is held to be largely responsible for opening up moral, ethical, and political questions of virtue and justice as being of primary interest to philosphers.
Socrates married Xanthippe late in his life, possibly as his second wife, some sources suggest that this lady was a tad shrewish.
Socrates is held to have been way less serious about earning a living than in continuing his "mission" as a moral educator so Xanthippe, as the mother of a family, may have had grounds for impatience. As to Socrates' personal philosophy - he left no writings of his own so we have to rely on sources such as Plato and Xenophon, who knew him and his philosophy personally, for information. Both these men were much younger than Socrates and were only really in a position to know him as a philopher during the last decade of his life.
Of the two it is Plato who has left the more extensive and vivid record of Sorates' life and teachings in a number of dialogues. In Plato's dialogue "The Phaedo" Socrates holds that life must be lived with a view to the "cultivation of the Soul". The Orphic and Pythagorean faith background of the day accepted the deathlessness of the Soul, and accepted physical death as also involving the release of the Soul.
Where a person had lived a good life, - had cultivated their Soul, - they were held to merit a far more pleasant situation in an afterlife reincarnation than where a person had led a bad life. The very fact of belief in an afterlife making the cultivation of the Soul a matter of the utmost importance.
Platos "The Symposium" i. Banquet has the mystically inclined Socrates delivering a speech that expatiates on the hunger of the Soul for the Good and the True.
Socrates did not seek to involve himself in the political life of Athens as he felt that there would inevitably be compromises of principle that he was not prepared to make. As a prominent citizen he was called upon to fulfil minor political roles. In B.
Socrates was accused of "impiety", of "neglect of the Gods whom the city worships and the practise of religious novelties" and of the "corruption of the young". These accusations may have been to some extent political as Athens had recently been restored to democracy and several prominent opponents of democratic forms of governance had close links with Socrates. Although friends were willing to arrange for his escape Socrates, in deference to the rule of law, took the poison Hemlock in prison in accordance with a death sentence that he did not consider to be justified.
From the Apology we learn that Socrates was well known around Athens, that uncritical thinkers linked him with the rest of the Sophists, that he fought in at least three military campaigns for the city, and that he attracted to his circle large numbers of young men who delighted in seeing their pretentious elders refuted by Socrates. His notoriety in Athens was sufficient for the Athenian comic poet Aristophanes to lampoon him in The Clouds, although the Socrates who appears there bears little resemblance to the dialectician in Plato's writings.
His endurance and prowess in military campaigns are attested by Alcibiades in the Symposium. He tells of Socrates's valor in battle, which allowed Alcibiades to escape when he was in a perilous situation. He also recounts an incident which reveals Socrates's habit of falling into a kind of trance while thinking.
One morning Socrates wandered a short distance off from the other men to concentrate on a problem. By noon a small crowd had gathered, and by evening a group had come with their bedding to spend the night watching him.
At the break of day, he offered up a prayer to the sun and went about his usual activities. In addition to these anecdotes about Socrates's peculiar character, the Symposium provides details regarding his physical appearance. He was short and Silenus-like, quite the opposite of what was considered graceful and beautiful in the Athens of his time. He was also poor and had only the barest necessities of life. He was not ascetic, however, for he accepted the lavish hospitality of the wealthy on occasion Agathon, the successful tragic poet, was host to the illustrious group in the Symposium and proved himself capable of besting the others not only at their esoteric and sophistic sport of making impromptu speeches on the god Eros but also in holding his wine.
Socrates's physical ugliness was no bar to his appeal. Alcibiades asserts in the same dialogue that Socrates made him feel deep shame and humiliation over his failure to live up to the high standards of justice and truth.
He had this same effect on countless others. His Thought There was a strong religious side to Socrates's character and thought which constantly revealed itself in spite of his penchant for exposing the ridiculous conclusions to which uncritical acceptance of the ancient myths might lead. His words and actions in the Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Symposium reveal a deep reverence for Athenian religious customs and a sincere regard for divinity. Indeed, it was a divine voice which Socrates claimed to hear within himself on important occasions in his life.
It was not a voice which gave him positive instructions, but instead warned him when he was about to go astray.
He recounts, in his defense before the Athenian court, the story of his friend Chaerephon, who was told by the Delphic Oracle that Socrates was the wisest of men. That statement puzzled Socrates, he says, for no one was more aware of the extent of his own ignorance than he himself, but he determined to see the truth of the god's words.
After questioning those who had a reputation for wisdom and who considered themselves, wise, he concluded that he was wiser than they because he could recognize his ignorance while they, who were equally ignorant, thought themselves wise. He thus confirmed the truth of the god's statement.
Socrates was famous for his method of argumentation. His "irony" was an important part of that method and surely helped account for the appeal which he had for the young and the disfavor in which he was held by many Athenians Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopher who is widely credited for laying the foundation for Western philosophy. By far the most important source of information about Socrates is Plato, who depicts him as a contradictory character.
Plato's dialogs feature Socrates as a teacher who denies having disciples, as a man of reason who obeys a divine voice in his head, a pious man who is executed for religious improprieties.
Socrates disparages the pleasures of the senses, yet is excited by youthful beauty; he is devoted to the education of the boys of Athens, yet indifferent to his own sons; few other characters have so fascinated the western world.