In the Apology, Socrates explains how he came to understand what it is to love wisdom. Using the Delphic oracle’s surprising reply to his friend, Chaerephon, he describes the discordance he experienced between what the oracle said about him and what he thought he knew about himself. How could it be, he asked, that no one is wiser than I, when I am clearly ignorant of so many things? In the Discourse on Method, Descartes explains how he came to discover genuine knowledge of nature. Recounting his experiences at La Flèche, he describes the discordance he experienced between his initially high educational expectations and his subsequent disappointment with his teachers. How could it be, he asked, that the more instruction I receive concerning “everything useful in life,” the less I seem to know about it?