We have all heard the phrase, “ask more to know more”. What you might not know is that this was a legitimate method of acquiring knowledge back in Ancient Greece. It was called the Socratic method, named after one of the first philosophers to truly steal the show.
Socrates was a Hellenic Greek philosopher whose life is speculated to have spanned from 470-399 BC. He is regarded as the founding father of all philosophy from the West and also the true founder of ethical philosophy.
Despite never having written anything down himself, Socrates’ words became immortal thanks to two of his students, Plato and Xenophon, who wrote them down as dialogues.
They went on to form the basis of all critique.
Socrates was a simple man, who believed in isolated living and questioning: that was the Socratic method- questioning notions that are prevalent.
He lived in poverty and preached his philosophy at the Agora or open market in then Athens. He begot students in this way. But he also found the wrath of the ruling class, who accused him of corrupting the youth.
He was forced to commit suicide by drinking hemlock, while his students wept. His last moments were immortalized in numerous paintings, where he is seen drinking the poison from a challis and still philosophizing with vigor till he died.
Here are 24 Socrates quotes that will make you want to read all about him.
(Tip: Start with Plato’s The Republic)