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The Republic

Traditions and Encounters chapter 10

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Chapter 10: Mediterranean Society-The Greek Phase The Cultural Life of Classical Greece(249-255) Rational Thought & Philosophy: Socrates -The pivotal figure in the development of philosophy was Socrates (470-399 BCE), a thoughtful and reflective Athenian driven by a powerful urge to understand human beings and human affairs in all their complexity. -Studied Greek scientists in his youth. Believed natural world was less important than human affairs. -He posed questions that encouraged reflection on human issues, particulaty on matters of ethics and morality. -Leading honest lives and that honor was far more important than wealth, fame, or other superficial attributes. Need to reflect on the purposes and goals of life.
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