Saturday, December 21, 2019

Reflection Of Socratess Apology - 872 Words

In Apology, Socrates states that he wishes to end his life in the same way that he has lived. â€Å"I would much rather die after this kind of defense than live after making the other kind.† (38e) He would much rather remain composed in the way he defends himself in trial than beg for mercy. He is consistent in the nature of his defense as he continues to discuss and question why he has been convicted. And thus, he is staying to true to his way of being a philosopher. In order for Socrates to feel like he is really living and accomplishing something, he needs to be able to question the things and people around him. If he can’t try to better his understanding, there is no point in continuing to breathe. Understanding makes everything worth it.†¦show more content†¦He states that he is acting for the betterment of the state by following the laws given to him and receiving his punishment as just cause as breaking them would harm the Polis, the state he has seen g row lived in and loved along with his children who he had raised there. And is life worth living for us with that part of us corrupted that unjust action harms and just action benefits? Or do we think that part of us, whatever it is, that is concerned with justice and injustice, is inferior to the body. In this statement, it explains his stance on the good of the state. Crito argued in favor of escape. He is concerned with the reputations of both Socrates and his associates. Crito also feel life in itself is of absolute value. He uses these points in favor of his argument: Escape was easy to manage and would not put his friends in danger. If he refused Socrates friends’ reputations would be tarnished for not aiding their friend. To refuse would be a shameful display of cowardice. Socrates would be neglecting his duties to his wife and children. Escape would allow Socrates to continue to philosophize elsewhere. Socrates does not agree with these points, rather he rejects the p roposal because to escape is neither just nor is it good for him. It is not to his benefit to escape, because to commit a wrong action would not be living well. SocratesShow MoreRelatedThe Greatest Good For A Man840 Words   |  4 Pagessignificant internal and external challenges, the benefits of living an examined life substantially outweigh its disadvantages as illustrated by Socrates in Plato’s various texts. But what exactly is the examined life and what are its components? In The Apology, Socrates conveys the importance of relinquishing material possessions or bodily pursuits, and instead seeking the â€Å"best possible state of your soul† (30a). According to Socrates, in order to live a truly satisfying life, one must stop concerningRead MoreA Comparison Of The Apology And Niccolo Machiavelli And The Prince1513 Words   |  7 PagesPlato’s The Apology and Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince provide two opposing views of the ideal ruler and government. The seminal works attempt to uncover the true definition of justice which becomes the basis from which they craft their vision of effective civil leadership. The two men, both influenced by the times of similar conflict and chaos in which they worked, espouse divergent beliefs regarding proper and effective authority. This difference is rooted in a fundamental incongruity betweenRead MoreHow Free Is Free Speech?1835 Wor ds   |  8 Pagesenjoying more freedom and democracy than any the world had ever seen? Plato (427-347 B.C.E.) is especially important to the understanding of the trial of Socrates because he, along with Xenophon, wrote the only two surviving accounts of the defense (or apology) of Socrates. Plato’s account is generally given more attention by scholars of the two authors because he, unlike Xenophon, actually attended the one-day trial of Socrates in Athens in 399 B.C.E. Both Plato and Chaerophon, another important witnessRead MoreWhen Death Smiles at Us All We Can Do Is Smile Back4067 Words   |  17 Pageswould ever forget them. That’s the key, is to be remembered. If you go through life and not talk to anyone or do anything than you can die and it would be like no one even knew you were born. But this is what Socrates explains in his speech â€Å"The Apology,† to live life, and to live life to the fullest would leave you with no regrets and nothing left behind, this is what we consider to be a good death, this is the reason no one would ever forget you, because your story will always be passed on as someone

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