Comparing Plato's Republic, Gorgias, And The Apology

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Through many of Plato’s works, such as the Republic, the Gorgias, and the Apology, the person that Socrates was and his personality shine through in his dialogue. Socrates was a man who asked many questions and always pushed not only his students but the whole city of Athens to look for more than just physical things. Many people claim, that Socrates went about teaching in the wrong way and that he is an arrogant fool and not an extremely wise person. However, I disagree with this claim. I believe that Socrates was a man who looked beyond the physical world and strived to gain as much knowledge as he could through asking questions and continuing to learn from others and in turn teach others, thus making him wise and striving to live the best life. Socrates was confident, but not arrogant. He had reason to believe that he was truly the wisest, as he could not find one example to disprove the Delphi’s claim that “no one is wiser” than Socrates. (Apology 21a). Socrates wanted to assure that this claim was true before presenting this idea to others so that he did not come off as arrogant. By not being able to…show more content…
Socrates believes that if every citizen is doing their role in society and doing it just and well that society will flourish. But to do this, everyone must understand what justice and true good really are. That is why Socrates believes it to be so important to find the answers to such questions as, “what is courage?” and “what is justice?” He does this by constantly questioning himself and those around him, not to be annoying or redundant but to find the answers that are true. If we could answer these questions, we would have all the knowledge needed to live a just and happy life. Socrates is not arrogant or a fool, if he was, he would not share his knowledge with others and he would only want to improve himself and not
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