Evaluating Socrates Claim In The Apology

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Anish Yonjan
Philosophy 1301-73426
Prof. Marcos Arandia
Feb. 19, 2017

Explain and evaluate Socrates' claim in the Apology that "the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being," and briefly analyze and discuss the particular method he uses to discover the truth (i.e., dialectics or the Socratic Method), using at least two examples from Plato's Euthyphro and/or Apology. Do you agree that a human being cannot live a fully satisfying life if he or she remains ignorant, like the slavish prisoners in Plato's cave? Why or why not? In the Plato’s Apology, Socrates claims that the “unexamined life is not worth living for a human being”. He thinks human beings have been blessed with intelligence and have a powerful mind to process, analyze and understand everything. He knows that he knows nothing and there are so many things to learn and understand in this world. He wants to know and learn everything. Philosophy is the best way for a person to live, one should use their reason, intelligence and wisdom to discover and know the truth and how to live a happy and satisfying life. Socrates questioned everything in the …show more content…

Euthyphro tries to explain him that he was doing the same as Zeus did to his father and therefore being pious. But Socrates argues that it is just an example and not an explanation. He tries again and says what gods like is pious and what they dislike is not. But Socrates points out the fallacy in that argument that one god might not agree with another to which he replies in his third attempt what all gods like is pious and what they all hate is impious. Here, in this example we can see that how he searches for a concrete and complete definition for being pious. He tries to reason and argue everything until it is completely rid of fallacy in search of the

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