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Socrates argued that actively seeking out knowledge leads to the ability of man to moderate his behavior accordingly If one examines a situation thoughtfully and from several angles the most logical course of action will present itself By exercising this method of reasoning a person becomes wise Socrates would call this the ability to govern the qualities of your soul properly and it is undoubtedly what he sought The process brings out the virtuous qualities in man and allows him to make decisions based on truth which leads ultimately to good Discipline of the mind can only benefit its owner and thus knowledge is worth seeking Socrates defines knowledge as absolute truth He believes that everything in the universe is innately connected if one thing is known then potentially everything can be derived from that one truth The fundamental ideas that Socrates seeks to uncover are called forms This concept is illustrated when Socrates questions Meno on what virtue is Meno answer with several examples of what is virtuous This of course is not what Socrates is asking he is asking Meno what all virtuous acts share in common For Socrates this relationship between all virtuous acts is what virtue fundamentally is A person can see virtuous acts but cannot see virtue Because of this the idea of virtue must exist somewhere independent of the perceivable world This is true with all forms or ideas of perfection they are something that cannot be known by human sense but reasoned out by individual human thought One cannot however mistake knowledge for right opinion Socrates makes distinctions between right opinion and knowledge Opinions are not something that one can seek because they are beliefs held on shaky ground True opinions are a fine thing and do all sorts of good so long as they stay in their place but they will not stay long They run away from a mans
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