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Socrates

"It doesn't matter if you are the smartest person i..."

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Socrates was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato's dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity, though it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself is "hidden behind his 'best disciple', Plato".

Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is a type of pedagogy in which a series of questions is asked not only to draw individual answers, but also to encourage fundamental insight into the issue at hand. Plato's Socrates also made important and lasting contributions to the field of epistemology, and the influence of his ideas and approach remains a strong foundation for much western philosophy that followed.

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Definitely one of the smarter men, able to teach others while he knew about the same as they did. His way of teaching by asking questions was absolutely amazing.

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His ideas are like, the basis for reasoning. To know what you know, you must first know what you don't.

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Socrates is considered the 'father of western philosophy.' He was an Athenian who lived in the fifth century before Christ. There is no evidence that he ever wrote his own thoughts down; what we know about him is from Plato's and Xenophon's writings, and the plays of Aristophanes. He is portrayed as a poor man who listened to a divine voice in his head, and who was pious. He placed great value on good, justice, beauty, and virtue. He accepted his execution, apparently with options, as a matter of principles.

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Socrates was undeniably one of the greatest thinkers of all time, yet he wrote nothing. Throughout his life, and indeed until his very last moment alive, Socrates fully embodied his philosophy in thought and deed. It is through the story of his life that we can fully grasp his powerful actions and ideas.

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The Father of Philiosophy, his student Plato also could easily be in the top 100 and Plato's student Aristotle as well. Other than the obvious logic of the truth which no man (except Jesus) understood better. This allowed him to break down any subject and if intelligence is based on proving or disprroving things, I wonder where a lot of people on this list would be had they not beneifited from the words of Jesus and Socrates on thought?. His ideas are like, the basis for reasoning. To know what you know, you must first know what you don't

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