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Ancient and Hellenistic Thought (Understanding Philosophy) by Joan A Price

By Joan A Price

Historical thinkers supplied the rules of the philosophical method, studying the universe's goal, in addition to humankind's position inside of it. This identify covers pre-Socratic, Classical, and Hellenistic philosophers and their theories, illuminating the various enduring solutions given concerning the nature of the area and those that dwell in it.

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For example, some religions consider drinking alcohol immoral, and other religions say it is permissible to drink alcohol in moderation. Some religions ban certain books and music, and other religions suggest we use discrimination in what we read and listen to. Protagoras believed that the society we live in should make the laws that everyone accepts because those laws are best suited to that particular society. Gorgias Gorgias (c. 483–c. ) arrived in Athens as the ambassador of his native city of Leontini, Sicily.

Have you ever cheated on a test? Socrates would say we do these things because we think the results of these actions will benefit us. Yet, could lying and cheating ever benefit us? No, said Socrates. We do bad things because we are ignorant of what is truly good. indd 46 1/9/08 3:35:29 PM The Classical Period: The Sophists and Socrates 47 the guilt of our soul is harder on us than any supposed gains. Thus, moral virtue is identical with knowledge, and moral evil is identical with our ignorance of moral knowledge.

The natural light would almost blind the cave dweller, but once he got accustomed to the beauty of seeing color and clear shapes, he would hesitate about going back to his old life in the dark cave. Then, he would see the Sun in the sky, and realize that the Sun, symbolizing God as the source of all things, is what gives life to these animals and flowers and everything else in the world. The cave dweller, now free from the ignorance of the cave, rejoices in this newfound knowledge. indd 57 1/9/08 3:35:31 PM 58 ANCIENT AND HELLENISTIC THOUGHT discovering Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, he returns to the cave to set the other prisoners free.

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