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“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates

 “The unexamined life is not worth living”

Author: Socrates

A Greek scholar, teacher, philosopher.

He was born in ancient Greece 469 – 399 BCE

Socrates is said to be one of the founders of western philosophy.

He would question to elicit independent thought, rather than tell students what to think.

The quote is alleged to have been spoken by Socrates at his trial.

He was condemned to death by the Athenian court charged with “impiety and corrupting of youth”.

Socrates chose death rather than accept a life in exile.  Such a decision, choosing death over the unaccepted alternative,  was considered to be making a noble choice.

 For Socrates, the love of wisdom was the greatest pursuit.

Knowledge developed by observations and debate, by analyzing and questioning, was valued.

Socrates examined life and inspired others to do the same.

Knowing that we all one day will die, Socrates expressed that a life without philosophy or evaluation was a poor outcome. 

The individual is responsible for his own life.

Examination of self, and one’s life, is critically important according to Socrates.

Socrates is considered one of the most important philosophers of the Western world and is studied in academia, and across many cultures.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”









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