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Gautam512

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:43 pm    Post subject: An Instance Why Socrates was a great philosopher....
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In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"

Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass
a little test.It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my
student let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The first
filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to
tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not.
Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are
about to tell me about my student something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him,
even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued. "You may still pass the test though,because there is a
third filter - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about
my student going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really..."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True
nor Good nor even Useful,why tell it to me at all?"

The man was defeated and ashamed.

This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high
esteem.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply to: An Instance Why Socrates was a great philosopher..
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What if sudent wanted to say " Hey Socrates, your wife is going out with the one of your student" ????? :-)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:44 pm    Post subject:
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That would pass the Useful filter.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject:
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What if sudent wanted to say " Hey Socrates, your wife is going out with the one of your student" ????? :-)


This was Ancient Greece ... he may have been concerned if one of his students was going out with Plato

But three good questions to ask yourself before putting your mouth into gear
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply to: An Instance Why Socrates was a great philosopher..
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given Xanthippe's character Socrates would have probably replied ..

his problem, not mine icon_biggrin.gif
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