Dialogues of Plato


“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates.

This is a famous saying apparently uttered by Socrates at his trial for impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens.

This dictum has been interpreted to mean ‘a life enriched by thinking about things that matter: values, aims, society.’

The saying appears in Apology, one of the famous dialogues of Plato. (Para 38 a).
In Apology, Plato describes to us the trial of Socrates.

Socrates uttered his famous saying in response to a suggestion by his accusers that he hold his tongue and go into exile.

Socrates demurred. He said daily he thinks and talks of virtue and other things of the greatest good of man.

In short, he examines his life, daily, to see whether he measures up.

Plato uses the dialectic method in his discourses. This should not be confused with the Socratic method, though they overlap.

The discourses re-enacted conversations between Socrates and usually one interlocutor.

Poser- are you living the examined life?

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