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Default Did Socrates exist?

Many people consider Socrates the greatest philosopher of all of history, but did he actually exist? People familiar with Ancient Greece will know that the only reason we even know of Socrates today is because Plato and some other authors liked mentioning him, a lot. Socrates never wrote anything from our knowledge, and he virtually taught through underground schools in the city of Athens, from what I can remember. Socrates could have been a concoction by Plato to represent a school of thought, and the other authors could have simply adopted Plato's actions. What do you think, however? Is one of the most revered figures in human history made-up?

To expound upon the greatness of Socrates, consider this legend about him. One day, a prophesy from the Oracle of Delphi was made from the god of the Sun, Apollo, announcing the following: Socrates is the wisest man out there. In all the lands of Greece, the people heard this and cheered in such revelation. The news, however, eventually came to the man himself, Socrates, and he, in denial of this, rode out on his horse unto all the lands, telling everyone that, "No, I am not the wisest man in all of Greece." And that is why, the Oracle says, he is the wisest of them all.
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Default Re: Did Socrates exist?

Now thats a thought to ponder.Socrates is regarded as one of the best philosopher of the ancient world.However i do have my doubt that Socrates was made u by Plato.If i am not wrong Plato stated in his apology of Socrates that he himself was a follower of socrates?
If Socrates was a made up character,the same could be said about Plato,or even Aristotle for that matter?
I do get where you are going with this though Harrison..we would never know if any of these philosophers did exist at a time.The only evidence we have are from their writings and philosphy passed down from their followers.Its kinda similiar to Jesus whose exsistance is a debated topic as well...
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I think Socrates was possibly alive at one point.There are many referances to him by other popular philosophers.
I do not think Plato would make another person represent his school of thought.I do not see the point of it.Plato could have just taken the credit but i think because of the respect he held for Socrates as a philosopher made him write about him in reverance.
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He did. Simple as that.
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Default Re: Did Socrates exist?

Of course Socrates existed. His views got him killed, so he died as a hero. Without him, we would still likely live in a world where we think that the world is flat or some other nonsense.
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i think he did, otherwise i wouldnthave 2 sleep in so many literature classes (and if he didnt i'd be burning meh skool by now D: )
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Is there any real reason to believe he *did not* exist?
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I think he really existed. He even have his book
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Of course he existed, There is too much about him for him to have been made up.
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