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Unformatted text preview: have been guilty of an impious act and the jury would be right to convict him on the charge of impiety. Socrates frequently used his philosophy that “it is the most blameworthy ignorance to believe that one knows what one does not know” (32), and applied this approach to everyday situations in his life. For example, when talking with the sophists of Athens, he came to the decision that he was indeed wiser than they because they assumed to know what they could not, and Socrates was willing to admit to his ignorance of not being able to know such things. This also applies to when Socrates tries to explain that he does not fear death because it is not know if there is anything there to fear. So unless he possesses the knowledge of knowing whether death is indeed a bad thing, he believes that he has no reason to fear it. He states that “To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know” (32)....
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- Fall '06
- Philosophy, Socrates first starts