Socrates and the Department of Philosophy

Socrates and the Importance of Meaning

When I was young, Cebes, I had a prodigious desire to know what department of philosophy which is called Natural Sciences; this appeared to me to have lofty aims, as being the science which has to do with the cause of things, and which teaches a thing why a thing is, and is created and destroyed; and I was always agitating myself with the consideration of such questions…

From Plato’s Phaedo (Harvard Classics) p. 90

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