Socrates’ student plato is traditionally considered the best source about the philosopher’s life and work although many scholars emphasise that it is very difficult to distinguish between plato’s and socrates’ philosophical views and even more difficult to create an accurate account of socrates’ life. While socrates is a minor figure in plato’s later works, in most of his writings, the philosopher serves as the main protagonist reading plato’s dialogues, one feels that they are transcriptions of actual conversations socrates had with the citizens of athens. An unexamined life turns out to be too shallow for a reasonable person, like socrates, since such a life is full of errors and misconceptions, which lead one to misleading outcomes and make one’s life fruitless since all one does in the course of an unexamined life, may be totally useless.
Melvyn bragg and guests discuss the greek philosopher socrates, acknowledged as one of the founders of western philosophy born in 469 bc into the golden age of the city of athens, he has. Socrates, a greek philosopher and teacher, was born june 4th, 469 bc in athens, lived his life in athens, and died in may 7, 399 bc because socrates never wrote anything of his own, there is little evidence of socrates life. Socrates is known for his work with ethics one of the most important facts about socrates is that he helped to develop many of the ideas about logic and morality: what is right and how to help people deal with their problems in everyday life.
Plato, (born 428/427 bce, athens, greece—died 348/347, athens), ancient greek philosopher, student of socrates (c 470–399 bce), teacher of aristotle (384–322 bce), and founder of the academy, best known as the author of philosophical works of unparalleled influence building on the demonstration by socrates that those regarded as experts in ethical matters did not have the. Masters of greek thought: plato, socrates, and aristotle is rated 36 out of 5 by 42 rated 5 out of 5 by bebo from foundation lecture this is the basics of greek philosophy/writings presented in an easy to follow and understand manner. Socrates was by far one of the most important philosophers however, he wrote no works of his own therefore we come to know about socrates’ life and teachings through his student and friend. The meaning of life according to socrates, epicurus, and me 1794 words jan 31st, 2018 7 pages as stated, these men were exclusively philosophers, while they were also writers and theorists. Although socrates left no written records concerning himself, it is possible to reconstruct a fairly accurate account of his life from the writings of his greek contemporaries aristophanes caricatured him in a work called the clouds xenophon in his memorabilia expressed high praise for socrates.
In addition to writing about his life and teaching, plato and xenophon wrote about socrates' defense at his trial, in separate works both called apology the socratic method: socrates is known for the socratic method ( elenchus ), socratic irony , and the pursuit of knowledge. Socrates - life and personality: although the sources provide only a small amount of information about the life and personality of socrates, a unique and vivid picture of him shines through, particularly in some of the works of plato. Socrates expressed great optimism as to the joy to be experienced both in this life and in the hereafter, as long as one’s soul is arrayed in its own proper jewels—temperance, justice, courage, nobility and truth. Throughout his later life, plato became entangled with the politics of the city of syracuse apology is among the most frequently read of his works in the apology, socrates tries to dismiss rumors that he is a sophist and defends himself against charges of disbelief in the gods and corruption of the young socrates insists that long. Socrates a greek philosopher an enigmatic genius a genius who gave a whole new norm to the western philosophy the standard set by him, his critical reasoning, his view on life and surrounding made him an admirable inspiration to many who came across his teachings, and also had accusers who eventually put him to trial and execution.
Socrates was born and lived nearly his entire life in athens his father sophroniscus was a stonemason and his mother, phaenarete, was a midwife as a youth, he showed an appetite for learning. 317 quotes from socrates: 'the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing', 'the unexamined life is not worth living', and 'there is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. Socrates - a biography of socrates life socrates left no writings behind him, and indeed was by his principles precluded from dogmatic exposition the only records we have of the life socrates are through the previously mentioned dialogues, and the records and works of xenophon, a noted ancient greek historian. Plato is one of the world's best known and most widely read and studied philosophers he was the student of socrates and the teacher of aristotle, and he wrote in the middle of the fourth century bce in ancient greece though influenced primarily by socrates, to the extent that socrates is.
Socrates was famous for his method of argumentation (a system or process used for arguing or debate) and his works often made as many enemies as admirers within athens an example comes from the apology. Another reason explaining socrates’ celebrity over the last twenty-five centuries is the most famous episode of his life, namely his death in 399 bce , socrates was tried, and sentenced to drink hemlock, by an athenian popular jury of five hundred citizens. But interestingly, one of the wisest people who ever lived, socrates, had deep suspicions of it for gifts and more from the school of life, visit our online shop: .
Of all these writings we have only the works of plato, xenophon, a comic image by aristophanes, and later works by aristotle to tell us anything about socrates' life he, himself, wrote nothing, but his words and actions in the search for and defense of truth changed the world and his example still inspires people today. Socrates, along with plato, is one of the most prolific western philosophers many critics agree that much of socrates's life was told of through other philosophers. 18 - in dialogue: the life and works of plato posted on 23 january 2011 in this episode, peter adamson of king’s college london discusses the life story and writings of plato, focusing on the question of why he wrote dialogues.