Socrates | Critical Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Socrates.
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Critical Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson

SOURCE: "The Character of Socrates," in Two Unpublished Essays, Lamson, Wolffe & Co., 1895, pp. 1-39.

In the following excerpt, Emerson discusses the "uncommon and admirable" character of Socrates and acknowledges the debt owed by "modern improvement" to the wisdom of Socrates. Emerson explores the moral background of Socrates's age and discusses Socrates's moral philosophy, noting that the philosopher sought to reform the "abuses of morals and virtue which had become a national calamity." Because the date of composition of this essay is not known, Ernerson's death date has been used to date the essay.

          Guide my way
Through fair Lyceum's walk, the green
 retreats
Of Academus, and the thymy vale
Where, oft enchanted with Socratic sounds...

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