The various accounts of socrates’ philosophy written by plato, xenophon and others differ in many places isidor fstone suggests in his book the trial of socrates that no “undisputable answer” (stone, 1989: 5) can be found to the question of what the actual historical socrates was. In his use of critical reasoning, by his unwavering commitment to truth, and through the vivid example of his own life, fifth-century athenian socrates set the standard for all subsequent western philosophy. Scholars do not know the exact nature of socrates' beliefs because he did not leave behind any writings according to the stanford encyclopedia of philosophy, nearly all available knowledge about socrates comes from the writings of plato, xenophon and aristophanes, all of whose reliability is.
Socrates, (born c 470 bce, athens [greece]—died 399 bce, athens), greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy. Socrates (469/470-399 bce) was a greek philosopher and is considered the father of western philosophy plato was his most famous student and would teach aristotle who would then tutor alexander the greatby this progression, greek philosophy, as first developed by socrates, was spread throughout the known world during alexander's conquests socrates was born c 469/470 bce to the sculptor. Iv some proposed objections to the socratic ethics are as follows if evil were never done deliberately or voluntarily, then evil would be an involuntary act and consequently no one could properly be held responsible for the evil that is done.
Plato, being a disciple of socrates, and a strong partisan of philosophy based on logos, it seems that should have avoided the use of myth-telling instead he made an abundant use of it this fact has produced analytical and interpretative work, in order to clarify the reasons and purposes for that use. A review of four texts on socrates: plato's euthyphro, apology, and crito and aristophanes' clouds, translated by thomas g west and grace starry west orally and politically our age has frequently been described as a time of crises, subsumable ultimately under a comprehensive crisis, the crisis of the west. Socrates (/ ˈ s ɒ k r ə t iː z / ancient greek: σωκρᾰ́της, translit sōkrátēs, [sɔːkrátɛːs] c 470 – 399 bc) was a classical greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the western ethical tradition of thought an enigmatic figure, he made no writings, and is known chiefly through the accounts. Socrates, the most famous philosopher of all time, had one of the most subtle and complicated minds we have on record his death was a dark moment in athenian and human history, but his thinking and teachings have survived, a beacon of light for almost 2,500 years.
One of the most famous philosophers in history, socrates was an ancient greek thinker who came up with ideas about humans and our lives that still. Socrates: philosophy as lifestyle although many of aristophanes’ criticisms seem unfair, socrates cut a strange figure in athens, going about barefoot, long-haired and unwashed in a society with. The socrates contributions to philosophy have been so important that they have marked a before and after in this discipline in fact, it is often distinguished between pre and post socratic philosophers socrates was a philosopher of ancient greece known as the father of philosophy, it is estimated that he lived in athens between 470 bc.
Ancient greek philosophy from thales, who is often considered the first western philosopher, to the stoics and skeptics, ancient greek philosophy opened the doors to a particular way of thinking that provided the roots for the western intellectual tradition. Socrates i he never wrote any philosophical works he conducted philosophy by holding conversations with just about anyone who would talk with him. Socrates is remembered as a greek philosopher he was born in 469/470 bc and died in 399 bche is regarded as a puzzling personality as although he did not write any information, he completely and permanently altered the method of understanding and thinking philosophy.
The ultimate aim of socrates’ philosophical method is always ethical socrates believed that if one knows what the good is, one will always do what is good thus if one truly understands the meaning of courage, self-control, or justice, one will act in a courageous. Plato continues to use a figure called “socrates” as his principal interlocutor, and in this way he creates a sense of continuity between the methods, insights, and ideals of the historical socrates and the new socrates who has now become a vehicle for the articulation of his own new philosophical outlook. Human realm socrates was the first person to give a practical and political focus to philosophy and ethics before socrates, philosophy had focused primarily on questions of metaphysics, religion and science. Socrates is sometimes called the father of western philosophy this is because in the discussions he uncovered some of the most basic questions in philosophy, questions which are still discussed today some of the people he taught came to be important and successful, like plato and alcibiades.