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Witness before the gates of night and day Parmenides represents humanitys introduction to the eternal truth of definition - Is The beast of mankind stumbles confusedly through an inescapable labyrinth of ignorance arrogantly determined that the appearance of knowledge bestowed upon him through traditional belief is truth Know Thy Self is the advice posted at the birthmark of creation the naval of earth Delphi - the truth of being Humanity struggles against an inevitable insignificance The impossibility of true knowledge pulses as the heart of Socratic philosophy The unending argument of definition is revealed throughout the doctrines of the Socratic method of thought Plato delivers the shadow of doubt from his creations through Socratic midwifery dialogue The ignorant soul within each individual that encounters Socrates discards the bulky weight of accepted falsities cluttering his mind This revelation of inaptitude is an insult Often the truth is shunned Platos Euthyphro is an ideal example of the Socratic method Embracing the topic of holiness this dialogue captures the essence of ignorance Euthyphro the epitome of arrogance perceives himself as the wise prophet of all things holy Blinded by pride he is uplifted from a state of false consciousness to the enlightenment of ignorance through the web of Socratic discussion The misperception of being dawns from the earliest historical evidence of Greek culture and dusks with the arrival of Socrates the birth of definition Previous to Socrates all conceptual understanding resided in analogy the comparison of the concept to a tangible example Speed was defined by the fastest man and strength by the greatest warrior Thus no true definition encompassed all circumstances to which a concept might be applied The Socratic method is designed to force definition from the interlocutor A cunning method is employed by Socrates to achieve his aims and must be thoroughly explained to understand how it is utilized in the Euthyphro Man is chained unawares to a futile destiny of eternal search This thirst
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