It is undeniable that the life of Socrates as a hands-on philosopher is very interesting that is why I chose him as my favorite of all philosophers. Apart from his peculiar way of living, Socrates was also considered unparalleled during his time that until now his influence surfaced the generation of laymen, thinkers and scholars. Aside from that, Socrates is also one of the reasons why the discipline of philosophy was developed tremendously so I consider him important in the field of philosophy.
Socrates has many contributions in the field of philosophy and it has been used in the academe even up to this time. The most notable contributions of Socrates for me are his approach to education, his view on dialectic thinking and his definition on virtue. It was stated by Hooker that Socrates view on education was not like a scenario that a pitcher is pouring their content into empty glasses which means that the pitcher is the teacher while the empty glasses are the students (Hooker 1).
Socrates resisted this idea since he never intended to transmit knowledge to another person who is passive to accept the same (Hooker 1). That means, the way Socrates handles his followers is by giving them a chance to discover for themselves the value on goodness, reality and truth. Moreover, on the view of Socrates in dialectic idea, he just want to impart that truth in every matter must be achieved by means of a modified position through questioning and conflict with opposing ideas (Debra 1).
Debra (2005) even pointed out that: Plato provides some of Socrates’ most well-known philosophical thoughts: the inevitability of doing what an individual thinks is right even in the face of widespread resistance, and the necessity to practice knowledge even when opposed. (1) In other words, Socrates is fearless and innovative trying to face the world with the use of common sense. In addition to that, there is also a positive idea that Socrates had contributed to the discipline of philosophy and that is his definition of virtue.
According to Debra in his writings about Socrates, the philosopher’s definition of virtue is that it is knowledge (Debra 1). Meaning, a knowledge of the good will result to the doing of any good things. The reflection of this philosophical thought touching the idea that those people who always deviate from the norm and does bad things do not really know what is virtuous and right in this world. So then, Socrates always mingles with craftsmen, artists, politicians and ordinary people in order to observe their views on morality (“The Eccentricity of Socrates”).
My thinking was changed a little due to the knowledge that Socrates contributed to society. I firmly support the idea that students should not be passive in what the teachers had imparted to them. There should be an active discussion between the teacher and his students for the latter to know the truth and reality of anything. Finally, it was written that Socrates neither worked to make both ends meet, nor attended activities of the state (Hooker 1).
Essentially, I do not want to embrace poverty as Socrates did during his lifetime. I must work to earn a living as any good person would do.
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