This study argues that to understand socrates we must uncover and analyze his religious views, since his philosophical and religious views are part of one seamless whole mark mcpherran provides a close analysis of the relevant socratic texts, an analysis that yields a comprehensive and original account of socrates' commitments to religion (eg, the nature of the gods, the immortality of the soul. It did not help matters that socrates seemed to have a higher opinion of women than most of his companions had, speaking of “men and women,” “priests and priestesses,” and naming foreign women as his teachers: socrates claimed to have learned rhetoric from aspasia of miletus, the de facto spouse of pericles (plato, menexenus) and to. Best answer: the religious views of socrates, plato, and aristotle form the genesis of monotheistic religious thought they each form ideas that differ from the traditional view of a polytheistic religion where the gods each have their own personalities and judgments.
The philosopher socrates remains, as he was in his lifetime (469–399 bce),  an enigma, an inscrutable individual who, despite having written nothing, is considered one of the handful of philosophers who forever changed how philosophy itself was to be conceived all our information about him is second-hand and most of it vigorously disputed, but his trial and death at the hands of the. Socrates' life (469-399 bc): several features of socrates' life give insight into his ethics as a young man in battle, he distinguished himself for bravery several times socrates exhibited a “daimonion” — a divine sign or inner voice which issued prohibitory messages in periods of socratic spells (which some writers find suggestive of.
Socrates believed in truth so that would have been his religion socrates questioned everyone's beliefs he was famous for answering a question with a question he believed in an after world and a world of spirits that existed along with the visible world that we all lived in. Regardless, this view of socrates cannot be dismissed out of hand, as we cannot be sure of the differences between the views of plato and socrates in addition, there seem to be some corollaries in the works of xenophon. Abstract: the ethics of socrates is briefly outlined socrates' life (469-399 bc): several features of socrates' life give insight into his ethics as a young man in battle, he distinguished himself for bravery several times.
Socrates regarded the traditional homeric religion to be false and morally destructive in his discussions (republic, laws) of politics, he seems to regard religious myth that promoted ethical conduct as necessary to social stability he also claimed to hear the voice of a “daimon” a divine sign. Socrates regarded the traditional homeric religion to be false and morally destructive in his discussions (republic, laws) of politics, he seems to regard religious myth that promoted ethical conduct as necessary to social stability. Pierre destrée and nicholas d smith (eds), socrates' divine sign: religion, practice and value in socratic philosophy, academic printing and publishing, 2005, 192pp, $2695 (pbk), isbn 0920980910 reviewed by nickolas pappas, the city university of new york ten papers from a conference on.
Socrates has been mainly cited on 'non-religious' philosophical issues so apparently either 'religious views' were not something as 'important' and exclusive as they appear in today's world or his 'religious views' did not contradict significantly with what was a common view at that time. The common opinion [one could say the majority opinion or the orthodox opinion] on religious matters and/or controversies was enough for socrates because he had no time for such religious inquiries or speculations. Greek religion and socrates’ impiety because of the amnesty the charges made against socrates were framed in religious terms as recounted by diogenes laertius (1540), kierkegaard’s most well recognized views on socrates are from his dissertation,.
Two of his younger students, the historian xenophon and the philosopher plato, recorded the most significant accounts of socrates’ life and philosophy for both, the socrates that appears bears the mark of the writer thus, xenophon’s socrates is more straightforward, willing to offer advice rather than simply asking more questions. Was socrates an atheist toward the end of my three-page article about “socrates in america” in the christmas issue of the economist , there are these two lines: socrates almost certainly was an atheist. But socrates was not a man in the athenian crowd enslaved by intellectual fashions of the day the platonic socrates talked about hearing and heeding dreams (apology, crito, phaedo) and about obeying the delphic oracle (apology, republic) he spilled wine to zeus in the symposium. “this well-produced book is the fullest and in some ways the best discussion of its topic available” —international studies in philosophy “this book is by far the most comprehensive and searching study of socrates's religious commitments and their impact on his philosophy.
Whereas in plato’s apology socrates makes no attempt to reconcile his divine sign with traditional views of piety, xenophon’s socrates argues that just as there are those who rely on birdcalls and receive guidance from voices, so he too is influenced by his daimon however, socrates had no officially sanctioned religious role in the city. He was a student of socrates, and his dialogues are the only record of socratic philosophy of any value plato subsequently taught at the academy, which was at that time attended by aristotle, the only philosopher of that period to rival plato in importance.