Class Discourse

Jacques-Louis David: The Death of Socrates (1787)

The unexamined life
is not worth living

said Socrates

Who was Socrates?
Does anybody know?
Not quite

Near enough
A Greek philosopher
400 BC or so

& Socrates said
that he was tapped
to search for truth

because he knew
that he knew nothing
but was interested

in everything
Does anyone
know anything?

That’s the point, I guess
What am I trying to say?
What are we here for?

To score you
a better-paying job?
hand on the art of

teach you to
“think critically”?

I suppose that’s it
– not that it’s teachable –
to encourage you

to think it through
for yourselves
’coz we all know how much

that skill is in demand
in the outside world

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