Reaction Paper About Socrates

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Socrates was a philosopher from Greece and teacher. His interest was human behavior. Socrates could not read nor write, so he spoke about the knowledge he had. He tried his very best to inspire and study people’s behavior and how it affected them. Everything he knew he shared with other. He wanted the people to discover the truth for themselves. Socrates had many students, Plato included. Plato was the one who wrote what Socrates told him. Just about everything that we know of Socrates was through the writing of Plato.
Socrates was born to Sophroniscus, who was a sculptor and Phaenarete, who was a midwife in 469 BC. He did not have the normal education that many philosophers had in his time, but he was very educated in what he knew. There was not much about his past until the age of 17 when he became the favorite student of philosopher (Escalates). He was given the nickname gadfly. A gadfly is a person who upsets the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions, or just being an irritant. Socrates regularly spoke about questions of justice, endurance and virtue, matters of beauty and truth. During some point in his life, Socrates became very poor to the point where he was walking barefoot due to his sacrifice to teach the young. He wore the same clothes over and over, and it didn’t bother him at all. Socrates got married at the age of 40 to Xanthippe who was only 19 years of age.
Socrates spent most of his life on the streets talking to the young men. He
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