Wisdom In Plato: The Pursuit Of Wisdom

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When relating to the intricate term of “Wisdom”, most merely describe it as “Intelligence” or just simply “Prudence” but, according to Socrates, it means more than just those two undemanding words. Socrates, prominent for being a well-known Greek philosopher, epitomized the idea of “The Pursuit of Wisdom” as he traveled throughout the city of Athens in attempt to find words true philosophical meaning. Philosophy relates wisdom to “the love or pursuit of wisdom” and this term was highly exemplified throughout Socrates’ life. Furthermore, in Plato’s early teachings, it explained how Socrates had searched for the true meanings of undefined words such as: Truth, wisdom, and beauty to rather gain insight. He was very persistent in the sense that…show more content…
As told in the story, Socrates and Chaerephon visit the oracle of Delphi because he believed that Socrates was meant to be wisest of all the Greek philosophers. Furthermore, Socrates declined the oracle’s theory due to the fact that he thought that there were other Greek Philosophers that were deemed to be much wiser than him; Socrates was puzzled at the oracle’s response at first and disagreed with his decision because he thought that he did not have the vast amount of knowledge as the other Greek philosophers supposedly had. So, as a result, Socrates performs an investigation in which he goes to the city and begins to question everyone he could find. After interrogating a selective amount of a people, he comes to the conclusion that the oracle was right because everyone he interviewed gave him a false perception of what they truly understand. Trying to be something you aren’t or understand something you clearly don’t is always the wrong choice to make in life. Socrates unlike them did not claim to know something he simply didn’t know and this makes him far apart unique from the other Greeks. Sometimes too much modesty can get in the way of making good decisions and sharing what one knows. It’s always best to be humble and to always demonstrate important character…show more content…
In philosophical literature, specifically, Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy and Plato’s The Republic, both pieces explain and support the theories of wisdom delivered by Greek Philosopher Socrates in which he states that a person filled with wisdom will have some sort of knowledge embedded in them and how it’s necessary to have some essential knowledge to be fruitful. He also explained how there is a difference between a person who is an expertise at a specific topic or subject and a person who has wisdom. The main differential difference is that one had specifically trained and filled themselves with the knowledge they need to perform well at their specific task, while the person who is filled with wisdom will know what is important and best for him. This topic correlates with Aristotle and his theory about how there are two different kinds of wisdom, theoretical wisdom and practical wisdom. Aristotle’s definition of theoretical wisdom is explained as “Scientific knowledge, combined with intuitive reason, of the things that are highest by nature”. Basically he explained that theoretical wisdom requires one to know the broad scientific knowledge, prepositions, and the principles of life. On the other hand, practical wisdom explains that wisdom is highly dependent on one’s experience and choices

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