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Three filter theory of Socrates

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on December 1, 2005

The great philosopher Socrates’ wisdom needs no introduction.

This is a small story about the three filter theory advocated by the great man for hearsays.

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”

Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

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\r\n"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad\r\nabout him, even though you\’re not certain it\’s true?"

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\r\nThe man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

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\r\nSocrates continued. "You may still pass the test though,because there is a\r\nthird filter – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my\r\nstudent going to be useful to me?"

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“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued. “You may still pass the test though,because there is a third filter – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really…”

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\r\nThe man was defeated and ashamed.

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\r\nThis is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high\r\nesteem.
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It also explains why he never found out that Plato\r\nwas having an affair with his wife.

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\r\n”,0] ); //–>“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful,why tell it to me at all?”

The man was defeated and ashamed.


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