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Consequence of the Socratic Paradox The unexamined life is not worth living The examined life is the life of a rational person who undertakes to know what is generally good and valuable in life Only such a person may come to know who is best to do or how to live so as to optimize what is valuable in life Assume that as a rational person you: o Inevitably seek what is most valuable in order to be happy o Rational deliberation optimizes your chance of securing what is most valuable and
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Unformatted text preview: thereby being happy • Successful deliberation depends upon knowledge • Hence you should surrender personal autonomy to whomever is more knowledgeable that you and committed to deliberating on your behalf to achieve what is most valuable for you • But wait! Is it better to be autonomous or ruled always and completely by whoever is wiser? •...
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