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Speaking about his reputation as a wise man Socrates states that his human wisdom makes him wise in a limited sense A close evaluation and understanding of his definition of human wisdom and how it makes him wise will reveal why Socrates does not fear death In fact he states that death is a blessing65 In The Apology Socrates has to defend himself against several charges Some of these charges are corruption of youth impiety and that he claims to be a professional teacher This despite the fact that the jury believes that he is an unqualified philosopher In his defense of the charge that he is a professional teacher Socrates claims to have human wisdom and that it is this that makes him wise He explains that Chaerephon a boyhood friend went to Delphi and asked the god if anyone was wiser than he was The reply was no one In his argument Socrates reveals why he is the wisest He states that there are many men that think that they know something that they do not know whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance At any rate it seems that I am wiserI do not think that I know what I do not know42 Socrates clearly states that that it is his knowledge of his ignorance that makes him the wisest man alive The men that he refers to are the sophists that travel from place to place teaching for money These men claim to know many things that they do not The danger that Socrates is trying to point out is that if these men are thought of as wise then people will never discover true knowledge Therefore Socrates goes on a quest of sorts to see if this oracle is true Socrates never claims to have the answers that people seek By openly admitting his ignorance he takes the first step towards understanding what wisdom and knowledge are This
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