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he went to Delphi at one time and ventured to ask the oraclehe asked if any man was wiser than I and the Pythian replied that no one was wiser 21b The oracle speaks in amphiboly An amphiboly is a statement whose meaning is indeterminate in a peculiar way The statement has an obvious meaning that is false and a hidden or concealed meaning which is true It often requires an interpretation which is done by the shrines priest When Socrates states the oracular respond of god he does not give an adequate interpretation of the statement This has lead to the inconsistency in his claims on wisdom By suggesting different interpretations of the statements this contradiction could be resolved A detail analysis of the two conflicting statements will gives a deeper insight as to what Socrates really mean when he speaks of wisdom Socrates totally agrees with God when he says through the oracle wisdom is worthless To understand why Socrates coincides with that statement there are three convictions of his that must be considered One to claim that you have wisdom but in fact not is ignorant Two to say that you do not have wisdom and acknowledge such fact is wisdom Three to possess wisdom but do not speak of it is true wisdom Socrates belongs to the second group The confession that he does not posses it is wisdom in itself According to Socrates this wisdom is worthless because it is not true wisdom However even though such wisdom is worthless it is nevertheless wisdom To choose between being a fool and being wise Socrates goes for the latter Socrates knows that he knows nothing This paradox is what makes him the wisest among the mortal If Socrates is the wisest among the mortals and that he belongs to the second group then it will be logical to assume that there are no mortal in the
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