Excerpt from Socrates: A Translation of the Apology, Crito, and Parts of the Phaedo of Plato
Cence, and by including the preexistence of the soul, so as to be far more Platonic than Socratic. The Opinion of the real Socrates on these subjects may be inferred from his remark in the Apology, that, if there is any one point on which he would claim to be wiser than other men, it is this, that having no better knowledge than others of the world to come, he is likewise convinced that he has none. The same is true of all the dogmatic discourses on speculative subjects which are ascribed to Socrates by Plato. Still we must remember that it is through Plato that his master is best known and it is the Platonic Socrates quite as much as the real Socrates who has passed into history. Even Aristotle often quotes Plato's doctrines under the name of Socrates.
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