What Is Wisdom, Really?

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What is Wisdom, Really? In The Apology of Socrates, the way the Athenians sees “human wisdom” and the type of “wisdom” Socrates talks about, proves to be two completely different things, which becomes a problem. In fact, the type of “wisdom” that Socrates possesses is not the “wisdom”, that he has a reputation for by people of Athens. The reputation that Socrates has been given by the people is that he is a “wise man” that actually knows something. Actually, when Socrates talks about “human wisdom”, what he really means is recognizing and admitting one’s ignorance about not knowing, rather than one claiming to know. In the beginning of the text, right after Socrates mentions the sophists, he says “Men of Athens, this reputation of mine has come of a certain sort of wisdom .What kind of wisdom? It is perhaps such wisdom as could be called human wisdom, for to that extent I am inclined to believe that I may be wise; whereas the persons of whom I was just speaking seem to have a sort of superhuman wisdom, for I don’t know how else to describe it, because I do not have it myself, and whoever says that I so speaks falsely and is attacking my character” (¶ 8). In this particular quote Socrates is speaking, he lacks in fully explaining the meaning of the “wisdom” the people of Athens speak on when referring to his reputation, this illustrates further that he knows nothing, which he states continuously throughout the text. Socrates then gives this word a new meaning when stating that instead of having just wisdom, it may be more politically correct to say “human wisdom”. He clarifies the wisdom that he actually possesses as “human wisdom” to illustrate the extent of his definition of wisdom can only be “human”, because he does not know, nor possess any other definition. By stating that people with that “sort of superhuman wisdom”, Socrates implies that the people with

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