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The Death of "Why?" by Andrea Batista Schlesinger

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ConclusionA Call for Slow Democracy

WHEN SOCRATES WAS PRONOUNCED THE WISEST MAN IN the world by the oracle at Delphi, he wasn’t overjoyed; he was puzzled. How could I possibly be the wisest man in the world? he must have asked himself. I am a humble and penniless philosopher. Socrates decided that he would simply go out and find a wiser man, thus proving the oracle wrong.

Socrates went first to a politician who had a reputation for wisdom, but the goal of the interview was not accomplished. “Well, I am certainly wiser than this man,” Socrates said afterward. “It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance … ...

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