When society thinks of philosophy, Plato’s name will come to mind almost immediately. As a whole we must remember that Plato had a teacher, a mentor, someone to guide his journey into changing history for the better. Plato’s teacher forced people to call everything into question using moral values. This man bears the name of Socrates.
Born in Athens, Greece in 469 B.C. Socrates grew up with average boys’ life. Socrates received a regular elementary education in literature, music and gymnastics. As Socrates grew older he became familiar with the rhetoric and dialectics of the Sophists. Socrates later served as an infantryman in the Peloponnesian War.
Even being a proven war fighter, Socrates true love was engaging in dialogue and argument with anyone who would listen or submit to interrogation. One of Socrates best known “verbal battles” was with a young man named Eythyphro. During this historic dialogue, Socrates presents the question “what is the definition of piety?” (moral duty). Every answer given by the young man was subjected to Socrates’ critical thinking until nothing Euthyphro says remains certain..
Socrates did not engage in the debates to prove his worth or just win an argument. His goal was to serve as an example of enlightenment to those around him. His opponents would walk away with their pride ,but most importantly new found knowledge. Socrates willingness to teach and enlighten was what eventually led to his downfall.
Socrates had a gift that he was willing to share with the young people of early Athenian society. Even though he was often approached with payment for his teachings, Socrates declined money for his services. How could a man accept payment for what he truly loved? Failure to accept money could have set the wheels into motion for his eventual trail.
Socrates was eventually sent to trail for numerous offenses ranging from corrupting the youth of the city to hi...