Socrates: The Father Of Western Philosophy

As one of history's famous critical thinkers, Socrates laid the foundations of western philosophy. So who was this influential thinker?

The philosopher Socrates lived in Athens, Greece during the 'Golden Age,' which was a period of rapid development. We know that before Socrates became a philosopher he was a soldier and a stonecutter, but because he never wrote anything down, little else is known about his personal life.

Socrates' student Plato famously published a series of 'dialogues,' in which Socrates deliberates with politicians and townspeople in Athens. Socrates would often go around the city questioning people on their beliefs, a process now known as the Socratic method, which is still used as a form of critical discussion in English and Law classes today.

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