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FC: Socrates Pursuit of the Truth | By: Ethan Winckler
1: Socrates was a philosopher who wanted people to form their own opinions and ideas on a subject
2: One method of sharing ideas and evidence to arrive at a fact or truth is known as the Socratic Seminar, which consists of a group of people sharing their ideas through a verbal debate.
3: Socrates told people to find the truth through the use of evidence. This way, people would be able to back up their opinions through the use of fact , making their opinion more valid.
4: Socrates pursued the truth about the Greek gods. He searched for real-life evidence that supported the existence of the Greek gods.
5: After contemplating the existence of the Greek gods, he came to the conclusion that they did not exist. He based this assertion off a lack of evidence that would have supported the Greek gods.
6: Socrates did not only openly reject the Greek Gods, but was critical of the democracy that Athens had. He often praised Sparta in his speeches, and at the time, Sparta was Athens rival.
7: Because of all the trouble that Socrates was causing, he was put on trial for heresy and corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens. During the trial, Socrates tried to convince jurors that their moral values were incorrect.
8: At the end of the trial, Socrates was found guilty of both charges and sentenced to death. Some historians believe that because of Socrates attempt to improve the Athenian’s sense of justice; this caused his punishment to be execution. He was forced to drink a mixture containing poison hemlock.
9: His pursuit for the truth behind the Greek gods and the Athenian government led to his execution. Socrates method of finding truth was far to advance for his time, which led to his demise. In today's society, Socrates would not only have survived, but his views would have reached far more people and changed the way modern communication is utilized.
10: The positive consequences of Socrates pursuit of the truth was he changed the philosophers were viewed, saying that it was a philosophers job to find truth in the shadows of existence. He also revolutionized the way people debated by creating the Socratic Seminar.
11: The negative consequence of his pursuit for the truth was death. At the time of ancient Greece, there was no such thing as the freedom of speech, so when his views were not accepted by society, he was put to death.