Is the Unexamined Life Not Worth Living?

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Philosophy 111
September 09, 2010

Is the unexamined life not worth living?

Socrates was a great man, and is said to be one of the greatest philosophers in history, some may find this notion questionable, based on some of his own teachings. One famous quote is: “The unexamined life is not worth living” Is the unexamined life not worth living? On the contrary, it is! It seems respectful and good to paint a portrait of Socrates, in the manner I will. There is no question that Socrates was and still is the most interesting and influential thinker of all time. He had great insight on how people are and how people thought. The dialogue of Plato, (Socrates’ former student,) provides a (fairly) accurate representation of the man he knew as Socrates. Socrates over-view of life has captivated many. His method of dialectic interrogation creates in him a willingness to accept nothing less than an adequate response to reason. And in this manner Socrates, sought genuine knowledge rather than a mere fancy view. He familiarized himself with the rhetoric and speculations of the Sophists and also the general culture of Athens. He employed the same logical tricks of the Sophists for a new purpose. The pursuit of truth and wisdom was his greatest determination. And so, Western philosophy through Socrates influence on Plato and others have been affected profoundly in a positive way. His dedication has brought about a paradigm shift to the worlds thinking process. Without him philosophy would not have the uplifting tone that it does today. A brilliant man was...
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