The son of the Athenian mason and midwife,born, apparently, in 469 BC, became known to the whole world. The biography of Socrates - the "father" of idealistic philosophy - is available to us from several sources. First of all, it is the works of his follower Plato, who wrote "The Apology" of his teacher, as well as the work of Xenophon. The very hero of our article did not write any works, but was satisfied with the conversations with his listeners. He believed that in this way he develops the art of thinking in them. In addition, the biography of Socrates (or rather, some data about it) can in part be restored from the comedy Aristophanes "Clouds". However, in this work is read more a caricature of a famous thinker, whom the Greek author has confused with his rivals - representatives of the sophist school.
The famous Athenian philosopher, who was called"Vegetable" Athenians, lived in the era of the Peloponnesian wars. At the peak of his contemporaries, the Sophists, he did not call himself a sage. He invented the word "philosophy." That is, Socrates believed himself a lover of wisdom, saying that he does not know anything for certain, and only that he knows for sure. He criticized the principles of democracy of the native Greek policy, many were unsuitable, angered eminent citizens and blasphemy charges and eventually was condemned to death. In a few words, his brief biography. Socrates, despite such meager information about him, gave rise to a whole school of philosophical thinking, which in Soviet textbooks was called "objective idealism."
Among the many students of Socrates was a politicianAlcibiades. Rumor has it that he was carnally in love with the philosopher, but the latter rejected his proposal. He believed that all bodily relations hindered such virtue as restraint. Socrates saved this politician and commander during the battle with the Spartans, armed only with a cudgel - none of the soldiers did not want to kill an unarmed philosopher.
But friendship with Alcibiades had a bad effect on fatethinker. The political situation in Athens changed, the politician fell into disfavor, and Socrates was accused of not honoring the gods and corrupting the youth. The philosopher was very proud during the trial and stated that he was not worthy of punishment, but of higher honors. However, he was sentenced to death. As a free man, he himself drank the poison (by the way, not the cicatoo, as the legend claims, but obviously the infusion of the hemlock) and thanked Asclepius (god of healing) for recovery. So the thinker expressed his desire to get into a better world than the one in which he lived before. This happened in 399 BC. The philosopher Socrates, whose biography was briefly described in this article, made exemplary and instructive not only his life, but also his death.