"pseudo-Socrates"

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Franz’s work is ridiculed by another scholar as being speculative and unverifiable. The colleague calls Franz a fake or simulated copy of Socrates (c. 469-399 BCE), one of the founders of Western philosophy.

This might refer either to the fact that Socrates employed a style of teaching that posed questions to explore issues without necessarily arriving at solid answers, or that very little about Socrates’ true beliefs or life may be established with certainty because nearly all we know about him has been conveyed by his student-advocates (Plato’s are presented as dramatic texts) and opponents, not in any writings by Socrates himself

This is a bust of Socrates in the Vatican Museum.