Greek Philos - Introduction to Greek Philosophy That is,...

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Introduction to Greek Philosophy That is, the really important Greek philosophy
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Socrates 469-399 B.C. Socrates set the standard for Western philosophy as we know it today. Since we have no extant writings by his own hand, we look to his contemporaries (Xenophon, Aristophanes) for information about his life and work. His interest in philosophy began with physical science, but moved into morality and ethics. He served in the army during the Peloponnesian War, and dabbled in politics after the war, but eventually retired to a private life. Coming into some money, he devoted his time to philosophical dialogue.
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Socrates’ method of discussion was a question/answer system in which he claimed ignorance and questioned the aristocratic youths of Athens. He was very influential among the young men of the city, but unlike the Sophists, a groups of philosophers who charged a fee for education, Socrates despised material wealth and thus won the loyalty of his students. The wealthy parents of these young men were not happy with the new ideas their sons were espousing, and, since many of them were involved in politics, they managed to make Socrates a
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