The Uses and Misuses of Socrates

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Socrates is cited by Martha Nussbaum, a well-known contemporary philosopher, as a shining example of a world citizen divorced from the trappings of tradition. But Socrates was anything but non-traditional. His teachings of self-examination do not suggest we be whatever we want to be; if we take context into account, he was teaching Athenians to know what society expected of them. It’s OK to take Socrates’ teachings to further modern ideas, but we mustn’t forget the context in which these ancient philosophers were living. Read full article here

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