People talk a lot about Socrates, his philosophy, his character and his life style. The noteworthy point is that there is no work of Socrates left because Socrates never produced them. All we know is the descriptions of Socrates through other philosophers, especially his students. The question is what makes Socrates stand out among philosophers?
The truth is that, it is not the philosophy of Socrates that make him distinct but the character of the Socrates that makes him distinct. In other way to put…… it is not the intellectual endeavor of Socrates that makes him distinct but his intellectual honesty that makes him distinct.
You can refute philosophical doctrines or philosophical ways of investigations but character is something never age or disproved. You can only judge a character in the context of events and Socrates grew into one of the giants of human history by making his character always available for the judgments.
Socrates is described to have lived with a strong control on his instincts. It is his way to not only present his character for test of the ideas to cross questioning but also to nature. Both of these ways may not seem attractive but they illustrate one thing and that is the certainty of character to uncertainty of ideas, doctrines and ideologies.