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  1. It is difficult to answer this question, given that all the descriptions are stingy and biased (since they were written mainly by students who were impressed by the mind of Socrates).

    But if you think on the basis of common sense, then the following is very likely.

    Socrates irritated other people. Just because I was baffling them. Just imagine he was asking famous people questions, which showed that they didn't quite understand. For example, it is important for a military leader to maintain his authority, is it pleasant for him in public to be the one who cannot answer what is courage?

    At the same time, the more convincing version seems to be that along with the irritation, Socrates ' very manner of speaking was accepting and endearing. It was not for nothing that he was sometimes compared to a psychoanalyst. Socrates does not criticize, does not reject, moreover, he believes even more strongly than the person himself that he “knows” (in the depths of himself) the truth. That is why Socrates endeared people to him, caused not only irritation, but also sympathy.

  2. It seems to me that if you know in advance what to expect, then a conversation with Socrates will be extremely pleasant and exciting. The mentioned distribution, as for me, arises rather from the effect of surprise and publicity of the discussion. “Socratic questions” even just from a smart person, at least look like an interesting attraction.

    Another thing, of course, is that many people will really not be very happy if this form of discussion is imposed on them. Similarly, you may not always want this in-depth philosophical interview. On the other hand, I suspect that the described behavior of Socrates correlates with his usual and everyday life in the same way as a modern person correlates ordinary and “instagrammed” life.

  3. If I have a correct idea of Socrates and his way of communicating with people (and this is quite difficult, in fact, we only have a couple of sources, none of which can be called objective), communicating with him was simply unbearable. Well, who likes that a person constantly asks “stupid” questions and puts everything in doubt. He also likes to pretend to be a fool. I don't know how the people of that time felt about it, but it would have been very annoying to me.

    More recently, I personally came across such a person who did not hide how annoyed he was with philosophy and arrogant philosophers who spoil the lives of decent people with their useless reasoning.

    But this is the task of the philosopher: to ask uncomfortable questions and question the seemingly obvious.

  4. Socrates was a wise man by nature, he was not an aristocrat and had no education. This is a warrior and a sage! How can a conversation with a wise person be unpleasant? Very, very interesting not only in communication, but just to listen to the wise is already an event. I would love this conversation!!! With respect.

  5. Socrates inspired the creators of the TV series Dr. House. And House is filled with Socratic irony and attitude to life.

    If you're annoyed with House, you'd be even more annoyed with Socrates. Even in those days, he was defiantly “uninhibited”.

    If you admire House, then under certain conditions you might become a Socratic follower. Like the highly respected Plato.

  6. I talked to Socrates once.In the garage, we drank together – we had garages next to each other then. A normal guy in communication, a little harsh, moderately touchy, intelligence on the forehead is not written.Just an ordinary guy.
    But seriously, who in our time can know what Socrates was like? And whether there was such a person at all and whether he was as our grief-stricken historians describe him…

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