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Socrates is a noteworthy and important historical figure as a philosopher because of his and his pupils influence on the development of the philosophical world His teachings famous arguments and ideas began the outgrowth of all later western philosophiesBorn in 469 BC just outside of Athens Socrates was brought up properly and thoroughly educated He was raised as most Athenians developing both physical and mental strengths Socrates then went on to learn from Archelaus the philosopher Here he studied astronomy mathematics and was introduced to philosophy which was a new concept at the time Archelaus taught of explanations for the world with a scientific approach Socrates however turned away from this idea and created his own He decided that instead of trying to understand the universe a person should try to understand himself To express his philosophy Socrates spent his days in the marketplace of Athens telling people of his ideas His voice was heard and he was soon declared to be the wisest of all men Socrates was skilled in the art of arguing He developed a method by which he would win every debate His favorite hobby was going to the marketplace and debating philosophical issues with other men in front of an audience The result of these debates was that Socrates embarrassed the wise men in front of the crowd This caused many to dislike himAfter being named the wisest man Socrates attempted to prove that this was not true He debated with many men in the streets These debates are some of his most famous argument methods He started the discussion by stating that he knew nothing As a result of the debate he was able to prove that although his opponents claimed that they were wise they knew nothing either Socrates concluded that he really was the wisest man because unlike the others he knew that he knew nothingSocrates had many ideas and philosophies concerning issues other than the knowledge
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