For the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being (plato 38b) socrates claims that his role in athenian society is important because he is the one who can support the integrity of the society he lives in by his role as gadfly socrates uses his unique philosophical argumentation to explain power relations within the. Advocates of liberal education often hold up the apology of socrates as a model for how to understand its aims and practice but what, really, is the good of the “ examined life” that socrates preaches in the brief essay that follows i offer some reflections about how we might understand the value of knowledge of ignorance. It is socrates who gives the film its title “the unexamined life is not worth living for men,” he said he believed that “it is the greatest good for a man to discuss excellence every day,” which is why he used to walk around athens looking for conversation oh, he says, bumping into a friend, i see you're off to court to sue your. The following correction was printed in the guardian's corrections and clarifications column, friday may 20 2005 plato was credited with the quote, an unexamined life is not worth living, in this column it does, indeed, come from plato's apology, which is a recollection of the speech socrates gave at his. Therefore, socrates claimed that for a human being to live a worthy life, everyone should question, examine and re-examine the values of their lives daily this paper explores the meaning and the significance of the socrates claim that “the unexamined life is not worth living” focusing on the apology and euthyphro.
Socrates summarizes it best in plato's, apology: defense of socrates, when he stated, an unexamined life is no life for a human being to live (page 40) humans were given the capacity to have thought processes and go beyond the routine existence of lower level life forms to let this possession go unused would be. The socratic problem: the philosophical socrates origin of the socratic problem aristophanes xenophon plato aristotle content: what does socrates think presocratic philosophy and the sophists socratic themes in plato's apology socratic ignorance priority of the care of the soul the unexamined life. What i think is important about these two publications – as i do when i am reading montaigne's essays, or books about montaigne – is that statement of socrates: an unexamined life is not worth living all of these books are, for me, just part of the large scope of examining my life in the reflection of what. He devoted his life to cross-examining other people about virtue he urged them to pay attention to their souls not to wealth, power and other external advantages socrates states that this was his true purpose, for the unexamined life is not worth living later on in the trial socrates remains steadfast on his views and.
When, during his trial, socrates stated that, “the unexamined life is not worth living” (plato 45), people began to question his theory they began to wonder what socrates meant with his statement, why he would feel that a life would not be worth living to them, life was above all else, and choosing to give up life would be out. The free philosophy research paper (an unexamined life is not worth living essay) presented on this page should not be viewed as a sample of our on-line 41) socrates held him self up to this standard by allowing the courts to take his life because they would not allow him to continue his quest set forth by the oracle.
This is why socrates chose death in the end, for life is not worth living if one can not continue to seek truth and get to know their own self in plato's apology we see socrates make this great claim that the unexamined life is not worth living and he reveals what this would be like in plato's apology, the turning point in socrates. Socrates is often quoted as saying “the unexamined life is not worth living” but i don't fully agree i just think that it's nowhere near as good as the life that's examined, crafted, and lived with clear intention and where there is a robust rationale for doing so that's based on reality on this page i'm collecting short essays i've.