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  1. Who were the Sophists? What philosophical view did they hold?
  2. What is an agnostic?
  3. For Socrates, where does real insight lie?  How does he help people find it?  What is Socratic irony?
  4. How was Socrates different than the Sophists? (take notes from the entire chapter!)
  5. Sophie’s teacher states, “The most subversive (revolutionary) people are those who ask questions.” Do you agree with the statement?  Can you think of some (1+) questions that may be dangerous?
  6. Why are philosophers jokers?
  7. What do you think about Socrates’ notion that the right insight leads to the right action?  Is there anything wrong with it?  Can people be truly happy by acting in a manner they know is wrong?
  8. Sophists or Socrates? – which one do you feel is most common in society today?

Comments (5)

Mark P said

at 6:33 pm on Feb 19, 2009

5. I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. While I have no proof, I'm sure that many revolutions had roots in the minds of questioning individuals. Haven't you ever heard the phrase: "To think for yourself, you must question authority." If not, well, you have now. I find it very applicable.
Some dangerous questions could be:
"Why are you (they) here?"
"What is it's purpose?"
"How can we fix this?"
"Does that have a purpose?"

Zubie said

at 6:54 pm on Feb 21, 2009

8. I think that Sophists are much more common in society today. Now days, people just don't care to learn about things, they all act like they know everything, but in reality, we don't know anything worth knowing!

Zubie said

at 6:56 pm on Feb 21, 2009

2. " A person who is unable to say catergorically whether or not the gods or God exists is called an agnostic". (pg. 62)

Zubie said

at 6:58 pm on Feb 21, 2009

6. Philosophers are jokers b/c in a deck of cards there are lots of blacks, reds, diamonds, spades, hearts and clubs but there is only one joker. a philospher is as rare in soceity as a joker is in a deck of cards.

Amanda Woodburne said

at 3:34 am on Feb 23, 2009

1. Sophist means a wise and powerful preson. In the historical sense they were a group of teachers and philosophers who came to athens. The held a skeptic point of view.
2. An agnostic is someone who cannot say whether or not god exists.
3. Socrates believed that people found insight withing themselves and helped taech them by having discussions, asking questions and talking. Socratic Irony was the method he used to make people to reason. He would play ignorant when he first started talking to someone, forcing them to use their common sense.
5. I agree with pretty much everything Sara said regarding this. Revolutionary people must have started by first questioning authority and then forming their own conclusions. A dangersous question would be "where is this all going, what is the point?"
6. I think a philosopher is a joker because they never really seem to fit in anywhere. they aren't really a heart, diamond, spade or club, they are a rare occurance and different from those around them.
7. I think that Socrates was dead on in this notion. People would be miserable if they believed what they were doing made them a bad person. I would say the only problem is that this doesnt cover the few people who are complete sociopaths and don't really know or care about human emotion and right or wrong.
8. I would say that Sophists are definately more common in today's society. In our captialist society, almost everything is a business, including education. I would say that the Sophists ideas have intensified over the years.

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