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Socrates sparked the flame that would ignite the curiosity of future generations. Famous for his view of philosophy as a necessary tool for all intelligent men, he is one of the great examples of a man who lived by his principles even though they ultimately cost him his life. His doctrine of the soul led him to the belief that all virtues converge into one, which is the good, or knowledge of one's true self and purposes through the course of a lifetime. In 399 BC he was brought to trial for corrupting youth and for religious heresies. Though, Socrates would be killed soon after trial his message still lives on today.
The face of individualism stayed in constant motion. With the 17th century the world got individualist views from John Locke. Locke was an Enlightenment philosopher who felt that man is naturally in a state of freedom and equality and is ruled by reason. Locke believed in using reason to try to grasp the truth, and determine the legitimate functions of institutions will optimal human flourishing for the individual and society both with in respect to its material and spiritual welfare. This in turn, would amount to the following of natural law and the fulfillment of the divine purpose for humanity. Locke's monumental An Essay Concerning Human Understanding concerns itself with determining the limits of human understanding in respect the self and other issues. He is accredited with keeping individualism alive. Though the idea of individualism was back in the minds of man it still had a long way to go.
 

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Parts of it are weak, but it is mostly well-written. The ending is not good. What do you mean by "the face of individualism"? (Do not put a comma after though.)

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which is the good, or knowledge of one's true self and purposes through the course of a lifetime.

How about:
which is goodness, or knoeldge of one's true self and purpose throught one's life.
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The one virtue is goodness?

(I am afraid this one probably gave up on getting a response. :( )
 

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One virtue.

(Sorry- been very busy and had a lot of strain- family bereavement)
 

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Sorry to hear that.

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