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Throughout this class I have developed a solid understanding of the philosophies of great ancient philosophers such as Parmenides Aristotle Plato However the philosopher I find myself agreeing with most is Socrates Although there are some distinct differences in what I believe to be the ultimate meaning behind life which I will later address I believe his thoughts on how one should live their life to be the wisest of any philosopher we have studied First let me relate what I understand Socrates philosophy to be Socrates believed that we all have a soul He believed that we are to live our life by principles and that these principles should be what are considered to be good He was convinced that there were moral absolutes a right and a wrong his reason being that if there werent everything would just be relative This seems most logical Also according to Socrates in order to find which standards we should live by we should test these standards in real life situation to see if they are right or wrong From what I understand we are to live our lives according to rights and wrongs - in our dealings with others and our private life as well And this is all in order to be living according to the dictates of the soul if you will and not by the desires of the flesh One of the most interesting ideas Socrates had I believe were his thoughts regarding the true philosopher He said that the true philosopher is often misunderstood by other men that they do not understand that his whole life is the pursuit of death And that when death finally comes he does not meet it with dread but with the acceptance of understanding that the soul is finally to be unencumbered of the body and all its evils The soul will finally meet truth away from the constraints of an imperfect body He believed
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