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BC: Henry Quach Period 6 January 11, 2013 Scrapbook project

FC: Socrates | The Truth

1: True- being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false | What is Truth? | My definition of truth is making moral and ethical decisions while being good.

2: Asking a series of continuous thought-provoking questions,that made people think critically, was how Socrates found truth. Instead of giving people information and explaining everything, he asked questions that made other people think and, sooner or later, they found an answer. This soon began to be called the Socratic method.

3: One of Socrates's philosophical beliefs was that he believed people should pursue more in self development than in materialistic things. He encouraged the development of personal relationships with one another. By building these new relationships, he believed that true happiness can be achieved, while materialistic things only make happiness harder to achieve.

4: Another thing Socrates believed was necessary to live a happy life was having self-knowledge. With self-knowledge, life is worth living. He believed that knowledge was good and virtue, while ignorance was bad and evil. So, if knowledge could be taught and learned, then virtue could be the same.

5: Happiness was believed to be only achieved by the divine, but Socrates argued that the key to true happiness is to focus your attention to your soul, and do what is right ethically. Happiness is not evident from a short-term effect but from a long-term effect on the soul.

6: Socrates held the belief that if someone knows what is good, then that person will act in a good manner to achieve it, but if the act was in a negative light, that person lacks knowledge and holds ignorance. Also, all harm that is caused, he believed that ignorance was the cause.

7: Socrates is often given the title of the wisest person ever, but Socrates disagreed with the claims. Often times, he would state that the wisdom that he had was being openly aware of his own ignorance. No matter how much education someone receives, no one can be the wisest person without first acknowledging their own ignorance.

8: Socrates lived by a moral principle that was evident in his whole life. "One is ought to never do wrong." He stood true to his word and his morality through the thick and thin. Also, Socrates believed in acting with good reasons from the soul and not of self-interest or threat.

9: Socrates's morals and principles were put to the test during his trial for death. He could have escaped with his friends, but he chose to stay, because by fleeing before his death, he would be giving up his commitment to truth. He wouldn't have given up his philosophy even if it meant death.

10: Socrates lived by his principles and ultimately died from them too. He believed knowledge was the answer to most situations. He found truth in asking continuous, thought-provoking questions to people to find answers without spoon-feeding it to them. He is one of the wisest men to have ever lived, and he will be remembered for it forever.

11: Socrates had impacted the world in a great deal. For example, he greatly shaped the fundamentals of Western Philosophy. He made many contributions in ethics based upon his own. Also, he created the Socratic method and Socratic irony, and pedagogy. Society today would not be the same without Socrates's influence on the world. His legacy will never be forgotten.

12: The positive consequences of Socrates were the contributions made to Western Philosophy and ethics. Also the Socratic Method and Socratic Irony were positive outcomes. Also, we can see how loyal someone can be to a belief. The negative consequence of Socrates is that people question their superiors now, and punishments are given to those who do. | When working on this project, most of the ideas I had worked, and usually that never happens. I enjoyed this project, because I was able to research a person that I chose, and this project was something different than the typical powerpoint or essay. I learned many things about Socrates and his pursuit of truth. For example, I didn't know that Socrates didn't have any writings of his own, and his only accounts are from his students. Also, I learned that there are so many other views upon truth than the ones I thought of. Also, I learned that there are people who live by their truths and ultimately die by them too. Overall, I enjoyed this project, it made me think, but not to the point of frustration, and I find it interesting that people can interpret different truths about the same person.

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