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Who would be considered a modern day Socrates and why?

My teacher wants us to come up with a modern day Socrates, I have come up with a few but cannot acquire a bit of a second opinion, so I thought that I would see what you came up with and see if anyone comes up with what I did, you know? And if you could please tell me why it will super help! Thank!


  1. Michael Moore for he , like Socrates , questioned the status quo with incisive inquiries as to why we think as we do and to question commonly held beliefs .
    I do not think that Moore is just like the admirable Socrates , only that he asks questions similar to the Socratic method .

  2. In order to be a modern-day Socrates one would:
    1). Live one’s philosophy not just teach it
    2). Be devoted and committed only to Truth and no political party, religion, or groupthink.
    3). Inspire others to do the same.
    Surveying the vast wasteland of modern philosophy, politics, and modern institutional religion I cannot think of anyone that even comes close enough to this like Socrates did.
    Certainly not Michael Moore as another answer stated. Moore is hopelessly biased towards one end of the political spectrum, does not inspire others, and does not appear to live any kind of philosophy with any depth besides surface politics.
    If anybody has come close to it in the last 50 years it would be Osho.

  3. Richard Dawkins, because i think he’s got most things sussed in my opinion about where things came from, and how things would be better.

  4. Well, I try and find the path less followed, so I say Mr. Robert Bly for his work in the Men’s movement. His book, “Iron John”.
    Bly’s vision is based on his ongoing work with men and reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale “Iron John,” in which the narrator, or “Wild Man,” guides a young man through eight stages of male growth, to remind us of archetypes long forgotten-images of vigorous masculinity, both protective and emotionally centered. Simultaneously poetic and down-to-earth, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories, Iron John is a rare work that will continue to guide and inspire men – and women – for years to come.


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