Socrates was a famous ancient Greek philosopher but he didn't seem to write much
because there are no records. It also seems that any discoveries he made were not written
down. What we can gather from what others have written about him is that he felt knowledge was a
Many ancient Greeks
considered Socrates to be a very wise man but he felt because there was so much to know the reality was that
actually he did not know very much.
He questioned everything but
he was different to other philosophers that have gone before him because he questioned and studied how one
He did not want to answer
questions on the universe like all the other philosophers have done previously he wanted to question things like
“what is friendship” or “what is courage”.
He wanted people to be
honest with each other, and search for the truth with one another.
In doing this it led Socrates to
have his own unique style of reasoning. Even nowadays people still
use the Socrates method in his honor. He was very good at questioning others, listening to what they have to say
and then probing them for contradictions.
By using this method of
trial and error Socrates would help them eventually reach an answer.
He had a very inquiring
mind, which unfortunately resulted in his death. Because he questioned everything this unfortunately
angered many of the leaders in ancient Greece.
He questioned the existence
of the gods in this angered the Greeks because it was something that had never been done
before. He was accused of corrupting the young people of Athens and was sentenced to
Many of his close friends
wanted to help him escape from prison but that was not how Socrates felt, he said it was important to
comply with the law and he wanted a die for his beliefs.
Whilst imprisoned he drank
poison and kill himself.