Socrates believed that even when we strive to lead the "examined life", we cannot definitively establish truth or absolute knowledge; we can only refute wrong thinking. He was interested in religion as it applies to moral virtue, affirming that the condition of one's soul is related to the "most important things" (such as justice, truth, and piety). Socrates said we must simply live a life of reason in an effort to determine which views are better than others. In 399 BC, Socrates was brought to trial on a charge of impiety. He was sentenced to death, which he accepted in obedience to the rule of law. Socrates spent his last day in philosophical conversation with friends before carrying out his sentence by drinking extract of hemlock.
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Clever, hated, ugly.
It was interesting to see how much of today's ideas are based off of Socrates' ideas.
I liked the parts where Socrates would come up with some mindbending idea.
The tag line would be "The Gadfly", as Socrates often sees himself as the city of Athens' gadfly.
Not exactly recreational reading! Unless you are a philosopher junkie, this is a hard to read, occasionally confusing book.
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