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mario Mon, 4 Feb 2008 11:28:28 -0600 CST

This evidence below sounds like enough proof that Socrates did definitely exist, but the Socratic Problem is not the question of whether he existed or not, but INSTEAD what did he believe, what was his philosophy?

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sdistefano Mon, 4 Feb 2008 02:36:13 -0600 CST

Well, brilliant historians might do brilliant hypothesis, but that's just as far as they can get. I don't think we have consistent proof or disproof of Socrates physical existence... that being said, he continues to exist as we're talking about him right now. Maybe the very doubt of whether he exists or not makes his real or fictional existence even more fascinating.



A Hunterite Thu, 10 Jan 2008 16:18:46 -0600 CST

Yet, Plato's writings do not seem fictional at all! Another character emerges, with his own philosophy and personality. But how can we form an arguement if so many textbooks that are in circulation right now, and were, state that Plato was a student of Socrates? The textbooks were written by brilliant historians, not that i can name any, but i have to say- it seems extremly unlikely that Plato wrote all dialogue by himself, and were his own ideas. but i may be wrong- I'm sorry- but yes, paradiselost, the existence of some of his teachings, and Plato's writings and Aristophanes' writings- is enough- we hae magneficent text, and that's enpugh to read and to study and to understand.



paradiselost Wed, 9 Jan 2008 19:37:56 -0600 CST

Well, I think that the fact that some teachings attributed to him actually existed is enough. Even if Plato went through all the trouble of inventing a fictional character, if the thoughts of this character were stimulating and insightful, his purpose would have been fulfilled.



mario Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:07:19 -0600 CST

We must also consider other Historians that we are able to record his life aswell.

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mario Tue, 20 Nov 2007 08:56:35 -0600 CST

Did Socrates really exist?> how can we substantiate this proof through Plato and Aristophanes?



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