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Greek Influences

When early Greek philosophers developed theories in the premodern period, they challenged many dominant assumptions of this period. Socrates and Plato were two of the most influential early philosophers who addressed the issue of the good life. For these two philosophers, the good life was an ethical life. Socrates and Plato had a profound influence on religion, philosophy, and Western thought as a whole.

1) What Implications does the statement "Know thyself" have, along with other ideas of Socrates and Plato, for the process of human change?
2) How is this related to achieving the good life?
3) How will this impact the evaluation of a person's degree of living the good life?
4) What was Plato's understanding of human nature?
5) How did dualism influence this understanding?

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1) What Implications does the statement "Know thyself" have, along with other ideas of Socrates and Plato, for the process of human change?

Socrates philosophy on the statement "Know thyself" indicated that if one was not true to his or her beliefs, life was not worth living. He held that people were ignorant of the Truth. The ancient Greek Philosophers, Socrates and Plato turned to the evolution of humanity along with its ideas to explain human existence in the universe.

Throughout the past 2,500 years ancient Greek Philosophy and the Socratic Method has directly contributed to the evolution of our current science, and the views on reason was initiated by Plato. Their central arguments was on the way society quesionedd the customs and beliefs of their time.
In observing the history of Western philosophy, Bertrand Russell would write that it was the ancient Greek Philosophers were first discovered and articulated the fundamental principles of Philosophy, Physics and Metaphysics (Haselhurst, 1997).

2) How is this related to achieving the good life?

For the philosophers, "reality has been discovered, that the source of all truth and wisdom has finally been found". Therefore, Socrates and Plato argued for the need to abandon seeking more knowledge and seek the knowledge of reality. This knowledge of reality in their opinion was to truly know thy self as a way to live wisely in efforts to survive. Plato would note in the "Apology" the importance of truth to human society, and how it was connected to matter in explaining and solving many of the problems of the world. ...

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This solution examines the philosophical statements of Plato and Socrates regarding the good life.

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