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Honors Survey of World History HONR 1151Thesis Exploring Socrates and his philosophies give the seeker a new understanding of the life and society in which Socrates lived With this new understanding one can compare or contrast other views of the period In doing this the researcher is provided with a map of ideas and philosophies throughout history This map can be used to enhance our present understanding of past cultures IVPhilosophical ideas and techniquesSocrates insight added to the wealth of Ancient Greece He studied human nature like no other philosopher For these reasons he and his philosophies should be rememberedSocrates is considered amongst the greatest philosophers in history His life was short yet meaningful and productive His teachings have survived through the dialogues memoirs and plays of other Greek writers eg Plato Aristotle Xenophon and Aristophanes These writings are studied to paint a clearer picture of Socrates His most famous method of observation the Socratic dialogue or dialect was unique He explored human nature through tedious examination and studied people in a way never done before Socrates was born around 470 BCE in the Greek city-state of Athens His parents were Sophroniscus and Phaenarete His wife was named Xanthippe together they had three sons According to one source Xanthippe was considered ill-tempered and difficult to live with Even though he didnt come from a poor family it is known that he was very poor This was due to that fact that Socrates did not accept money from his observers like other philosophers of his day esp the Sophists His dress was simple and his eating and drinking reflected his moderate attitudeSince Socrates kept no written records of his teachings information from other Greek scholars are used to regenerate his philosophies and teachings This problem is commonly referred to as the Socratic problem There are four scholars who captured Socrates life and teachings in their works 1 the writings Memorabilia and Symposium of the Greek
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