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Plato's "Trial And Death Of Socrates", Explains Socrates View Of Self Examination (Meditation) As The Path To Knowledge.

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Knowledge as Self-ExaminationSocrates had an important point to make when he said," I do not think I know what I do not know." This was the reason why Socrates believed himself wiser than the wise men of Athens. This was the only reason Socrates was wiser than the other men considered wise in Athens. Socrates knew he didn't know something if he had no knowledge of it; where as, the men considered wise thought that they knew something when in fact they did not know it. This gave Socrates an important advantage over the other men in Athens. How can someone know the truth and gain mass amounts of knowledge if that person doesn't know and have great knowledge of his or herself.Socrates analyzed everything including his own knowledge and actions. Socrates realized that wisdom can be obtained by self-examination and by speaking the philosophical language. He spoke the philosophical language and understood the questioning process as his own understanding of life. That is why the people of Athens sometimes misunderstood the message of what Socrates was speaking about. Most of the Athenians didn't understand the philosophical language or Socrates' way of thinking and analyzing, thus lacked the ability to gain philosophic knowledge.Meletus, for example, did not understand the philosophic language and probably had never spent hours of self-examination. Meletus didn't understand what Socrates was saying, and he greatly misunderstood how Socrates cared for the community. On the other hand, Socrates did truly care for the community, but Meletus did not understand the philosophic language or Socrates style of thinking. This caused Meletus to have a disliking for Socrates and caused Meletus to cause the death of Socrates. Meletus showed he really did not care for the good of the community. Yet, to gain notoriety in society Meletus prosecuted Socrates to get rid of someone he disliked and to give cause to the community to speak of how much Meletus cares for good things. Meletus thinks he knows what he does not know, yet he acts the opposite of what he preaches. This is shown by his responses in the court room. The answers that Meletus gave to Socrates' questions were simple, not properly thought out, yet all of the answers he gave were put in the form of bold statements. For example, a few of Meletus' strong answers are: "That is most definitely what I mean," "This is what I say, that you do not believe in gods at all," and some of the more simple answers are: "Certainly" "Of course" "Of course not" "All of them." Each answer is not properly thought out before spoken, therefore proving that Meletus thinks he knows...

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