Socrates (c. 469 BC–399 BC) was a Classical Greek philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. Although living under Athen’s primitive Democracy, he opposed conformist thoughts and questioned the rule of the majority. He was found guilty of corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and sentenced to death by drinking a mixture containing poison hemlock.
Philosophy – A Guide To Happiness: Socrates on Self-Confidence
Socrates (c. 469 BC–399 BC) was a Classical Greek philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, he is an enigmatic figure known only through the classical accounts of his students. Plato‘s dialogues are the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity.
Through his portrayal in Plato‘s dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who also lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is a type of pedagogy in which a series of questions are asked not only to draw individual answers, but to encourage fundamental insight into the issue at hand. It is Plato’s Socrates that also made important and lasting contributions to the fields of epistemology and logic, and the influence of his ideas and approach remains strong in providing a foundation for much western philosophy that followed.
As one recent commentator has put it, Plato, the idealist, offers “an idol, a master figure, for philosophy. A Saint, a prophet of the ‘Sun-God’, a teacher condemned for his teachings as a heretic.” Yet, the ‘real’ Socrates, like many of the other Ancient philosophers, remains at best enigmatic and at worst unknown.