Socrates on Staying Smart (via Moralities and the Moral Republic)
Live a life of constant learning and physical fitness. That is the way toward real life satisfaction. At least that’s the message I get from Greek philosophy. I suspect that the first ingredient described below – abiding by the laws of your God – is more difficult than studying and thinking to be smarter – and regular exercise.
Business ethics is relevant here for the thought that if a human being follows these three things a person must do, it is much less likely he will sin against himself or society.
“It is a matter of common knowledge that grave mistakes may often be traced to poor mental fitness. And because the mind is in a bad condition, loss of memory, depression and discontent often attack the it so violently as to drive out whatever knowledge it contains”
From around the web –
From the web site, Don Rothman. (Please visit the site and read the rest.)
Plato depicts Socrates as employing a range of strategies to sustain his interlocutors’ participation in the dialogue. Plato also reveals how Socrates’ companions sustain his participation, which I’ve thought less about than the former, since I’ve always thought of Socrates as the origination—the spark plug—the one whose participation is a given, needing nothing but his own daemon to sustain him.
But this seminar (led by Harry Berger and John Lynch) has, for reasons not clear yet, urged me to challenge this assumption. As with all efforts at human communication, as opposed to transmission, we are usually rewarded in our efforts to figure out what is occurring by paying attention to how agency or power doesn’t reside in one person.
There is no dialogue unless there are at least two voices. The Republic, as we keep noticing in our seminar, fails to meet some important criteria for healthy dialogue. But it is still, I’d say, both by custom and readers’ experience, a dialogue.
From the web site, T Smith14’s Blog.
While reading through Plato’s Apology it is very hard for me to
understand the thought process of Socrates. It is obvious that Socrates
is unlike any other human being with regards to life and death. In my
opinion, Socrates endulges in the prospect of death instead of
understanding the vast opportunities that life has to offer. In the Apology, Socrates
is charged with corrupting the youth, not recognizing the God’s of
Athens, and creating new dieties. Through the trial process, Socrates
offers an attitude of ignorance and sarcasm which obviously does not
hold well with the jury.