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In The Apology, Socrates states that philosophy calls on us to care for the soul. What does he mean by that? Why is care of the soul "philosophical"?

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Socrates searches for this answer due to a meeting with the Oracle at Delphi. The Oracle tells him that there is no one in the world that is wiser than Socrates, who is confused by this revelation. After all, it was Socrates who paradoxically stated that all he knew was that he "knew nothing." However, it is for this reason that Socrates is considered to be the wisest. This revelation is fraught with existential dread to the average man. The dread in particular is that the universe is simply chaos and that there is no order in the days of men, this idea is so terrifying that Socrates is put on trial for spreading it.

Socrates, however, finds this fear to be very detrimental. While he knows that it is wise to admit that he knows nothing and to admit that there is no rigid, all-encompassing philosophy on how best to live ones life, he realizes that true "care for the soul" is having faith that there is some intrinsic meaning to life, even if human beings cannot fathom it. This intrinsic...

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