You, Me, and Socrates
Socrates, during his time, clearly ruffled his fair share of feathers; his beliefs and
practices lead him to his trial, and ultimately, his death by decree of the courts of Athens. He was
charged with impiety and corruption of the yo
Born on the island of Samos, eastern Aegean, sometime around 570 BCE.
-> father was a gem-cutter/engraver
Reportedly traveled in Egypt and Babylonia, after having left Samos around 530 to escape from the tyrant
-> eventually settled
Born in Colophon, a city on the west coast of what is now Turkey, near Miletus, c.570 BCE.
- Some in the ancient tradition say that he was a teacher of Parmenides (most unlikely)
Wrote in verse; some fragments deal with typical poetic topics, w
- 64 years old in 547 BCE/ 25 years old during Thales' eclipse (585 BCE)
-> pupil of Thales; star student
- first person to construct a map of the world on a tablet.
- set up a gnomon at Sparta
- predicted an ea
Born c. 540 BCE in Ephesus
-> "The shadow philosopher"
-> Critic of Pythagoras and others; some "contempt" for predecessors and contemporaries
Aphoristic (sense of wit/ambiguity) presentation of ideas in the form of book.
-> is there a method o
Born around 515 BCE. Diogenes Laertius suggests that:
-> he was a pupil of Xenophanes, "but did not follow him" (adopt his views)
-> at some time in his life, associated with the Pythagoreans.
These claims are uncertain, but what's for sure is
Celebration at the house of Agathon attended by Socrates, told indirectly through several
frames. Everyone plans to drink moderately & philosophize.
Speeches in honour of love (Ers)
The Speech of Pausanias
Little historical evidence of Pausani
Born in Acragas (Sicily) around 492 BCE, died 432 BCE.
-> generation of pre-Socratics who come after Parmenides
Work shows influence by Parmenides and Pythagoreanism.
-> Was an active politician, supporting democracy over oligarchy, despite his
As a philosopher, Heraclitus was intrigued by the innate relativity of the world that
seemed to be overlooked by his contemporary thinkers and the common folk alike. His attempt
to make sense of this relativity came in the form of a concept called the log
Thales/Anaximander/Anaximenes -> Milesian "school" of philosophy
Each one, tradition says, taught the next.
Thales: part of seven sages of Greece. Born ~625 BCE.
-> said to have predicted an eclipse in 585 BCE
-> Born to a Phoenician aristocratic f