Through out the history of mankind there have been many influences on the way we think, and the way we view the heavens and the earth. In this paper I am focusing on one in particular, and his name is Socrates. But my question is what makes these people so smart that they can tell us how to think, what to question, or even what to believe in? Socrates for one was one of the guiltiest of this concept. He was known for corrupting the youth, questioning government, questioning religion, studying the heavens and the earth, and telling others about what he thought was the right way to think. In this paper I will explain not only how Socrates was nothing more than a blaspheming orator, but how his views, and way of life were, for the most part ridiculous and incorrect.
First off let’s start off with a little background on the man himself. Socrates was a classic Greek Philosopher, and is called the father of western philosophy. But if he was in fact such an innovator, and was this great figure than why is there little to no information about him? If he was a well liked and as popular as he made him self out to be me am sure that someone, other than Plato would have written a least a shred of good about the man. Also I find it interesting that a man of supposedly high intelligence wouldn’t think to write down some of his ideas. Although on the flip side of that argument Socrates was famous for being strictly a public orator, and would refuse to write anything down, which I am sure is why we only have accounts from Plato and Aristophanes. In his quote “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for” he contradicts himself because if he was a firm believer in reading others writings then he should have written his down for others to study after him. (Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics) by Xenophon, Robin H. Water field, and Hugh Redneck (Paperback - Jul 3, 1990)