July 6, 2012
“The Admission of Ignorance as the Starting Point of Philosophy”
Plato’s “Apology” and “Euthyphro” are accounts of the philosopher Socrates and his journey to his death and how he got to trail. “Apology” in this time had a meaning of defense and this was Socrates speech while he was on trial for being charged with not recognizing the gods recognized by the state, inventing new divinities, and corrupting the youth of Athens. “Euthyphro” are the accounts of Socrates attempting to convince the priest Euthyphro that he does not know what he claims to know. If he can bring Euthyphro to the admission of ignorance, then they can search together for the answer to Socrates’ initial question of “What is pious?”. We are about to go on a journey of some of the accounts that Socrates went through and questions that he needed answered. First, I will give summary of Socrates’ story concerning his friend’s visit to the Oracle at Delphi. Second, I will answer the question what did Socrates discover when he went around Athens looking for someone with more wisdom? Lastly, what was Socrates’ method of inquiry, and how was this method formed by his solution to the riddle of the oracle.
Socrates journey for wisdom and what caused him to get into trouble with the law began with a statement from an Oracle given to Socrates friend, Chaerephon. Socrates was brought to trial on the charges that he had been corrupting the youth of Athens and has introduced strange gods to the city. When addressing the question, “But Socrates, what is your occupation?” Socrates says that he has been involved in “a certain kind of wisdom.” (Plato 25) Socrates tells the story of his friend Chaerephon’s visit to the oracle at Delphi. The oracle told Chaerephon that there was none wiser than Socrates in Athens. Socrates did not understand what this statement meant exactly so he set out to figure what this meant since he thought of himself...