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Unformatted text preview: 9-29-2011The unexamined life, according to Socrates, is one that is not worth living. The examined life is the true life that should be lived. That is the true virtuous life. This is his argument for his actions within Athens. Why he asks so many questions. Why he’s so pushy. He must find answers and reasons. Although Socrates basis his entire philosophy on living that examined life and feels that’s the key to a good life, it doesn’t mean he’s necessarily right. The unexamined life can be just as virtuous maybe even more so. You don’t have to have complete self-awareness or even have second thoughts to achieve a “good life”. The examination can come from your peers, it doesn’t have to come from within.The reason why Socrates cannot leave Athens is because he feels as though he is committing the greatest good by pestering and asking questions and trying to find answers. For he feels there is no point to life unless you examine and appreciate it. Socrates feels the examined life is to seek knowledge about ....
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- Fall '08
- The Examined Life