" (Plato on Socrates, The Apology) And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is?For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.As Einstein wrote; Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses.He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.
Thus it is unfortunate that many people imagine our post-modern society to now be so 'enlightened' that the Ancient Greek Philosophers have become irrelevant. As Bertrand Russell observed (History of Western Philosophy), it was the Ancient Greek Philosophers who first discovered and discussed the fundamental Principles of Philosophy, Physics and Metaphysics, and most significantly, little has been added to their knowledge since.
(Aristotle, 340BC) Only recently (Wolff, 1986 - Haselhurst, 1997) has it been possible, with the discovery of the Metaphysics of Space and Motion and the Wave Structure of Matter (WSM), to unite these ideas with modern Physics, Philosophy and Metaphysics.
And let me first say that it is ironic that the main problem for human knowledge also came from the Ancient Greeks, with their conception of matter as discrete Atoms (Democritus, Lucretius).
Nothing is more needed to overcome the modernist's snobbishness.
(Albert Einstein, 1954) It is therefore both interesting and important to consider the foundations which caused the blossoming of Socratic Philosophy.