Question Everything?

Mon, Oct 07

How do you decide what to believe?  You might think that you should only believe something if you know why it is true.  Socrates thought that we should question absolutely everything and not rest until we know our beliefs lie on a secure foundation.  In this class, we'll consider Socrates' approach to the good life.  And we'll debate whether there are some beliefs we shouldn't question at the risk of destabilizing ourselves, our relationships... maybe even our form of government.  By the end of class:

  1. You will know what "Socratic Ignorance" is and why Socrates thought it was a virtue.
  2. You will understand the Socratic Method (elenchus) and be able to perform the method on others.
  3. You will articulate the role that you think pursuit of the truth should play in the good life.

 

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PHILOSOPHICAL TEXT:

Interactive Essay: The Apology Of Socrates (Plato)

APPLICATION ARTICLES:

"Political Ignorance and the Future of Misinformation Online." (Washington Post)

Do This:

Complete the following reflection questions in your GGL Journal:

  1. Socrates say that the unexamined life is not worth living. What does this mean?  Back up your interpretation with evidence from other parts of the text of The Apology.  Include passages.
  2. Do you think it is true that the unexamined life is not worth living?  Why or why not?

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