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Define the "examined life" according to Socrates in Apology.

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Define the "examined life" according to Socrates in Apology.

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Basically, the "examined life" for Socrates is one in which a person tries constantly to achieve virtue.  This is what Socrates felt that he was doing with his entire life's work.  Socrates says that the best thing that a human being can possibly do is to talk to other people about virtue.  What such a person would be doing is examining life and society.  Such a person would be trying to figure out what is virtuous for people and for society.  This would be the examined life.  It would be one in which a person was constantly examining him or herself and the society in which he or she lived.  The point would be to ensure that the person and the society were being as virtuous as possible.

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