Whether someone is foolish or wise is determined by their ability to answer questions or pass tests that confront them. At the moment I am faced by the question above and so it seems a worthwhile starting point to try to classify myself. For if I answer True then I admit that
Although my mind is made up about the correct answer to this question. Ill begin with a digression. (Not being much of a philosopher, I do believe that it can be answered, which if you cant wait for the digression to end give at least some clues as to my answer.)
Socrates was one the first people to come up against this question. Someone went to the Oracle at Delphi, and asked who was the wisest man around. The answer was Socrates, and this deeply vexed the great man when he heard of it, for he was well aware of his own shortcomings. But being a simple trusting fellow he did not for a moment consider that the Oracle was mistaken. It was after all the most reliable Oracle around.
So Socrates set himself the task of discovering why he was the undisputed heavyweight thinker of the time. (And this was before Platos hour in the sun, so there was in our historical opinion some justification in the appellation.) What was more, if he was indeed the wisest of men, then he should, if anyone could, discover why.
After much thought and discussion on the subject, Socrates came round to the Oracles way of thinking. (That is, if Oracles can think, which, probably being almost omniscient, they have little need to do.) He reasoned thus, I, Socrates, know nothing. That is I know that I cannot be certain of anything, and this is the only thing I know. It must be this that makes me wise, and what is more other men must be ignorant of their own ignorance, making them, by the judgement of the Oracle, doubly ignorant. The fooles. Right that solves that I think I will go off and corrupt the young with these fashionable theories, and with any luck cause a political storm resulting in my own martyrdom to my cause and bestow upon myself certain, if dubious, immortality.