It’s All Greek To Me

The Socratic Method, or his “dialectic” form of argument or debate (which he attributed to Zeno before him), was a method that he employed to rationally and logically reason with others to approximate the truth. His intention was to not only parse out the truth but also to improve the souls of his interlocutors. This seems like an accurate assertion, as the greatest philosophers and minds, fight so ardently for the truth despite the trials that their quests often bring to them. In the 18th century, Immanuel Kant commented on the dialectic method of Ancient Greece.

The Greeks used the term “dialectic” to signify the logic of false appearances or semblance, “Pretense”;

“It was nothing but the logic of illusion. It was a sophistic art of giving one’s ignorance, indeed even to one’s intentional tricks, the outward appearance of truth, by imitating the thorough, accurate method which logic always requires, and be using its topic as a cloak for every empty assertion.”

–Kant

In other words, though Socrates might have wandered the streets of Athens, in search of the Truth and to help others also come to know the truth, many he debated and others that followed him, had less noble intentions. It goes back to my idea that the few want to do the right thing, but the many seek to be right, for the sake of being right in their own minds and for appearance sake, no matter the truth. There tends to be a childlike innocence associated with the greatest minds, and though they would never intend their creations to be anything otherwise, their ideas tend to get warped by those who have less than pure intentions.

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