Focus on how the culture and the period interacted with the philosopher's ideas.
Your chosen philosopher (Socrates) is easy enough to profile. But also take note of the listed references, particularly the web-video links as it might be much more fun to view/watch than to read and research on certain occasions. Socrates is one of my favourite philosophers but please take note that he does not have his own written work - his knowledge and philosophy was shared by his students (Plato and then Aristotle, Plato's student to the world by featuring him and his ideas in their own writings. Together, the 3 of them form the Classical Philosophy triumvirate. If you have any questions regarding this solution, please feel free to let me know. Good luck with your paper and thank you for using Brainmass.
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Socrates: The Gadfly of Athens
"I know nothing at all."
- Socrates, 469-399 B.C.E.
Socrates, they say is the father of modern thought, the originator of critical inquiry, of philosophy. He was that gadfly that made Athens look into itself, asking questions, prodding thought, forcing people to reflect and analyse reality and the state of things. For this reason, his wisdom attracted many followers whose questions about life, reality, knowledge and meaning found answers in Socrates' thoughts, answers that cannot be found in faith and the daily challenges of surviving Ancient Greece. While he has not left us with written manuscripts, his ideas live on to us to this day thousands of years from his time because of the works of his varied students highly, deeply influenced by Socrates. Among ...
The solution is an 879-word essay that examines the philosophy, life, times and key contributions of the classical Greek philosopher Socrates. The social context of the society he lived in is explained so as to provide a background for the advent of his beliefs and ideas. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. References, both web and print are listed.