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Why is Socrates important?

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demon300 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM via web

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Why is Socrates important?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM (Answer #1)

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This is a good question. There are several reason why Socrates is important. Let me offer a few of them. 

First, Socrates is important, because he is one of the earliest philosophers in Western history. More importantly, he asked important question about life that still pertain to us. 

Second, Socrates by his incessant questioning really makes people question what they know and how they know it. In other words, he makes people think about eternal things. For example, according to Plato's depiction of Socrates, Socrates believes in the eternal forms, which are unchangeable universals. So, when he talks about what is good, he is talking about the essence of goodness. In short, Socrates makes people think. 

Finally, even if people do not agree with Socrates, he has put human inquiry on a new level. 



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jcarrol | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM (Answer #2)

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Socrates is important, because he was the creator of modern philosophy. He also was tried for doing wrong to chld minds, and was sentenced to death by drinking a posinous fruit called Hemlock.

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