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Was Socrates taking the piss? [pt.2] – Does saying ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing’ actually mean you’re saying you know TWO things?

This is something my girlfriend suggested to me after yesterday’s post on the better way to approach knowledge and whether Socrates was taking the piss.

If Socrates said ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing.’, doesn’t that mean that he’s saying he actually knows TWO things?

  1. The fact that he knows nothing


2. The actual thing he’s talking about, that he knows nothing.

I can’t put my finger on whether the second one is actually a thing or not, but either way, I’m pretty sure homeboy was taking the piss. Whether he realised it or not (I’m going to guess he did).