The Nature of Philosophy

In Apology, Socrates refers to himself, metaphorically, as a gadfly to Athenian society. He uses this metaphor, in part, in arguing for his assertion that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Explain how this metaphor is considered to be characteristic of the discipline of philosophy. Specifically, explain how it justifies what our course readings refer to as the conceptual analysis, and the constructive, tasks of contemporary philosophy. Is Socrates’ conclusion that “the unexamined life is not worth living” still relevant in today’s society? Provide an argument in support of your response.

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