Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Socrates and his ethos

Socrates seems to like finding things to talk or argue about with the others. He starts off talking on page two “ There is nothing for which my part I like better…than conversing with aged men; for I regard them as travelers who have gone a journey which I too may have to go.” This passage identifies him as a person who seeks to discus or debate. On page four he says about people and their money “I see that you are indifferent about money, which is a characteristic rather of those who have inherited their fortunes that those who have required them”. He uses things like this to put forth the notion that having money is nothing like age. Now I know that may be more of a stretch. He later says that “It is it is just to do good to our friends when they are good and harm to our enemies when they are evil.” He is using what I believe to be a basic belief in all men to emphasis his point. Through out the passage he does this, or at least shows this through his representations of what the others have said. The basic beliefs of an everyman that he his never finished and will do what is best. He uses what an individual would believe for them self as with the notion that an old man does not consider himself to be an old man. He uses bits like this to help prove that the truth lies in the origin of who spoke those words. That there exist a difference between individuals.

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