The Father of Western Philosophy:
Since the dawn of man, the invariable love of knowledge has kindled the hearts of humankind. That true passion in the heart for mankind over the flux of time is the study of philosophy. One of the greatest embellishments to philosophy overtime is the lionized Socrates of Athens born in 469B.C. His life exemplifies a true philosopher’s life, and the aspect of wonder that has cloaked mankind since the beginning of time. Therefore, the philosophical significance of Socrates is strenuous to parallel for he: practiced systematic and logical reasoning, lived an undemanding life, and pursued truth and wisdom.
At first, the heart of philosophy lies in practicing systematic and logical reasoning which Socrates indeed was loquacious with. A philosopher has to pay great attention on how to go about reasoning with someone which characterizes a fine philosopher. Indeed, Socrates is able to accomplish that quite admirably:
…Socrates is doing the kind of critical questioning that characterizes philosophy. With careful, logical reasoning and in a systematic manner he probes the religious beliefs on which Euthyphro bases his life and actions. (Philosophy: A text with readings, page 23)
Clearly, the inquiry methods adapted by Socrates have been the basis of philosophy ever since his time. His way of analyzing and chewing away at people’s ignorance in a logical and systematic manner sets up the foundation of modern philosophy. As a result, the philosophical significance of the Socratic technique of systematic and logical reasoning is immense.
Secondly, Socrates lived a simplistic and monastic lifestyle in his search for wisdom and truth. His decision to live an undemanding and non-materialistic life characterizes a man truly in search of answers to basic philosophical questions that plague the lives of every human being. A life which consists elements like: “[he] love teaching, [had] no money, [was] ugly, shabby, [and was] popular for irony and [his] understatements. (Miss A.B. lecture notes)” deserve words of the highest regard. Indeed, his decision to try and pursue “the ‘good’ not...