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What made Socrates "The wisest of men"?

What is Philosophy? – from the Greek meaning the Love of Wisdom

What is wisdom? - the application of knowledge, gained though experience, to improve well being.

According to the Oracle at Delphi, there was no-one wiser than Socrates. Socrates believed that what the Oracle had said was a paradox, because he believed he possessed no wisdom whatsoever. He proceeded to test the riddle by approaching men considered wise by the people of Athens—statesmen, poets, and artisans—in order to refute the Oracle's pronouncement. Questioning them, however, Socrates concluded that, while each man thought he knew a great deal and was wise, in fact they knew very little and were not wise at all. Socrates realized that the Oracle was correct, in that while so-called wise men thought themselves wise and yet were not, he himself knew he was not wise at all, which, paradoxically, made him the wiser one since he was the only person aware of his own ignorance.

So, what does it mean to be wise?

If this interests you then take time out from your usual Sunday afternoon and spend a couple of hours in the company of other kindred spirits.

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    A former member

    Very enjoyable

    December 2, 2012

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    A former member

    Wish I could be there! Jackie

    November 22, 2012

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