Socrates’ Legacy to Western Philosophy

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The beginning:
Socrates’ Legacy to Western Philosophy
Hadot
(2002) sees a similarity between Socrates and Jesus, in that both were only quoted by others and both has relatively few disciples. Skeptics about the existence of both men will certainly agree with
Hadot’s
theory that Socrates, after his death, became a “myth.” Nevertheless, even as quoted by others, both men continue to have a profound effect on the thoughts and actions of modern man. Socrates, as imagined or paraphrased by Plato (among others) sees himself as someone “who knows that he is worth nothing as far as knowledge is concerned” (
Hadot
2002 p. 25).
In a sense, this conforms to the theory known as
tabula
rasa
: that man is born with a clean slate and that life’s experiences fills out...
The end:
.....epak Chopra ought to recognize that creating best sellers does not make their ideas valid. Most of today’s so-called philosophers seem to believe soothing Man’s fears and frustrations is the only way to go; whereas Socrates continued to insist that knowing nothing and owning up to that fact is really the key element in seeking some sort of personal wisdom and achievement. Perhaps one can best summarize Socratic influence on Western philosophy by understanding that he defined Man’s lack of self-awareness and his indifference toward true wisdom.
References:
Cahn
, S. M. (editor) (2002): Classics of Western Philosophy,
Sixth Edition, Indianapolis IN: Hackett Publishing Co.
Hadot
, P. (2002): What is Ancient Philosophy? Harvard
University Press