Wednesday, July 12, 2006

My Impression of Socrates

From the readings of The Republic, I find Socrates a wise, philosophical, and intellectual man who immerses himself in conversations and debates and often asks questions. In the beginning, he engages and in a conversation with an elder man, Cephalus because he believes that older men are wiser; they are “travelers who have gone a journey which [he] too may have to go, and of whom [he] ought to inquires, whether the way is smooth and easy, or rugged and difficult. (p2) This is an example of ethos in that he believes that getting advice and listening to an elder man is a good idea because of his experiences and wisdom about life. Another example is when Socrates asks Cephalus whether his fortune was inherited or acquired because Cephalus seems “indifferent about money, which is a characteristic rather of those who have inherited their fortunes than of those who have acquired them” (p4). Although Cephalus may be older and has more experiences in life and an admirable figure to Socrates, Socrates does not conform to Cephalus’ ideas about justice. He questions Cephalus back in order to create this deeper- thinking environment. I think he’s a very convincing person. By asking questions, Socrates makes people think about their preconceived notion and doubt them. His conversations are mainly ethos and logos, not so much pathos because much of the conversation involves logic and practical wisdom rather than emotions.


Blogger mina said...

I would agree that Socrates is a wise, philosophical, and intellectual man. I see why he started conversing with Cephalus because of how he feels that older people usually have better wisdom and seems to "know everything". With their indifference to justice, they kind of switch roles as who is "older" and "wiser". Even though, Cephalus,Polemarchus and Thrasymachus are superior in social status, it seems that Socrates is now up to that level.

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