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Why Socrates? June 16, 2014

Posted by anagasto in philosophy.
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It seems that most of those who read this blog are more or less agnostic. They would reject the idea of life after death.

Socrates bet on the opposite view.

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Most of those readers would believe that the physical reality is all there is, and that “the rest”  is culture or superstition, colourful, socially influential, but not “real”.

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Socrates stands for the opposite idea.

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So why does Socrates get all the hits?

Why do they like him?

Is it because of his most upright stance in the face of death? Or are they  attracted by the idea of obeying the law, any law, even law made by crooked transactions ?

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Besides, Socrates never wrote anything himself, and so he is largely his student Plato’s creation. but he may actually be more famous and more popular than Plato, just as Hamlet is more popular than Shakespeare and Don Quixote is more famous than Miguel de Cervantes who created him “ex nihil” :-) as theologians would say.

Modern replicas  of old Greek coins  can be seen (and probably bought) at  http://athenianowlcoins.reidgold.com/replicas.html.

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The owl as a symbol of wisdom on a coin like this would be a very distinctive and pretty present for many people.. — The science of old coins is called numismatics, and a replica is simply a reproduction.

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Comments»

1. pendrive9 - March 7, 2009

Or was there maybe some recent TV serial starring Leonardo as Socrates and Angela as Xanthippe ?

2. masqua - April 10, 2013

I’m firmly in the Spinoza camp and I’d bet Socrates would ‘like’ him on Facebook.


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