Twenty Two Thousand Ways of Killing Socrates

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Twenty Two Thousand Ways of Killing Socrates

Postby Fixed Cross » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:58 pm

Yes Humean this is a philosophic post.
Here is the thesis.
Socrates, in questioning the Athenian citizenry, relied for his punchlines and points on the substance of their characters, education and general virtue. By degrading or breaking these down with sophistic reason combined with analytical genius, by humiliating virtues, he was all to exult a certain type of reasoning, and feel somewhat alright with himself, feel "his daemon". He felt his will to power.

Since then all reason has become degrading of virtue, and there is no virtue left among he citizenry. Nothing like in Athens, for sure.
So my conclusion here is that Socrates would not survive in this climate. There is no virtue to parasite off of.

It is my conviction that he would perish of this environment.
And I challenge any of you to ...kill Socrates... with documents, videos, quotations, analyses or descriptions of such things that could bring the old man down before he would even get out of bed.... as happens with so many of us.
The strong do what they can, the weak accept what they must.
- Thucydides

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Re: Twenty Two Thousand Ways of Killing Socrates

Postby Diekon » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:40 am

Alright I'll kill Socrates... by going after his method.

So he is basicly walking arround Athens and questioning the moral beliefs athenians hold, right. He does so by asking them for reasons, a justification, why they hold those beliefs... and finds, *surprise* that they can't really justify them. The Athenians then are left confused... and Socrates emerges victorious!

The first flaw here is his general assumption that moral beliefs should be rationally justified, that one arrives at moral truth by using pure reason.

That's a misunderstanding of human nature and the societal context wherein mores devellop. It's a complex proces that could be compared to say the devellopment of an economy or a language... an emergent order that spans generations, involving many many people, trial and error etc. And in the end nobody really understands anymore how it all came to be, let alone for what reasons... but at least it is functional to some extend.

His second flaw is in the specific dialectic method he uses in his inquiries. Usually he'll start by picking up on a certain concept used by a random Athenian interlocutor, and then proceed by asking for a specific definition. Because how can one know what is meant if definitions aren't made clear afterall? Random Athenian usually responds by giving his best shot at a definition, which Socrates then shows to be contradictory with how the word often is used in another context. And because X=X, that cannot right... so eventually Socrates then usually ends up making up the definition out of the common denominator abstracted from specific contexts.

This is a misunderstanding of how language works. Words don't usually have one and only one specific meaning. And a rigid definition is usually also not necessary to understand what one is talking about, because use and context determine meaning. By trying to extract only this one essence out of concepts, his is actually destroying meanings in the proces.
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Re: Twenty Two Thousand Ways of Killing Socrates

Postby Zero_Sum » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:02 am

If you look at social propaganda or even the basic tenets of deception language and words are used in confused contrary ways. Nobody means what they say and nobody says what they actually mean. Everything becomes a head fake of pretension masquerading as fact. Human deception becomes the common underlying denominator.
The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.

I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.

-Thomas Hobbes-
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