The best account of life and work of one of the most influential philosophers of all times is given by the later classical writers, in the first place by his students Plato and Xenophon and the playwright Aristophanes who was his contemporary.
This aspect of the trial will be discussed more fully below.
His interlocutors in these typically adversarial exchanges included people he happened to meet, devoted followers, prominent political figures, and leading thinkers of the day. But those composed by Plato and Xenophon survive in their entirety.
What knowledge we have of Socrates must therefore depend primarily on one or the other or both, when their portraits coincide of these sources.
Most scholars, however, do not believe that every Socratic discourse of Xenophon and Plato was intended as a historical report of what the real Socrates said, word-for-word, on some occasion.
What can reasonably be claimed about at least some of these dialogues is that they convey the gist of the questions Socrates asked, the ways in which he typically responded to the answers he received, and the general philosophical orientation that emerged from these conversations.
Xenophon Among the compositions of Xenophonthe one that gives the fullest portrait of Socrates is Memorabilia. Page 1 of Socrates: Athens’ street-corner philosopher Socrates was the big-city philosopher in ancient Athens.
Accused and convicted of corrupting the youth, his only real crime was embarrassing and irritating a number of important people.
Socrates: Athens’ street-corner philosopher Socrates was the big-city philosopher in ancient Athens. Accused and convicted of corrupting the youth, his only real crime was embarrassing and irritating a number of important people.
Socrates, (born c. bce, Athens [Greece]—died bce, Athens), Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy. Aug 21, · Watch video · Socrates was born and lived nearly his entire life in Athens.
His father Sophroniscus was a stonemason and his mother, Phaenarete, was a midwife. As a youth, he showed an appetite for learning. Understanding Greek Philosophy In the complexity of Greek Philosophy, it is best to take a look into the life of Socrates first.
Socrates, ( BCE), was among three very influential philosophers for the Greeks and his work is still studied at length today. Socrates (/ BCE) was a Greek philosopher and is considered the father of western philosophy. Plato was his most famous student and would teach Aristotle who would then tutor Alexander the Great.