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The Controversial Question of the Right to Refuse to Obey the Law on the Example of Socrates in the Philosophical Works The Apology of Socrates and Crito by Plato
All over the world there are people who are breaking laws and moral codes which causes controversy. Some people do it because they are criminals and some people do it because they think they are justified to. It is time to try and fix this problem. The big question of is it ever right to refuse to obey the law? It should be...
An Analysis of the Socrates Desire to Live a Pious Life
Socrates’ Pious Life Ancient Greeks lives center on their gods, and their daily lives consist of trying to live as piously as possible. Piety is the core moral laws during this time. To live piously is to live in harmony with the gods. It is extremely important that they must please the gods, that to act any other ways,...
The Theme of Virtues and Ethics in the Philosophic Works of Confucius, Mencius, Socrates, and Aristotle
A concern that both Western and Eastern philosophers share, despite not knowing and having communication with one another, are in the area of virtues and ethics. Philosophers such as Confucius, Mencius, Socrates, and Aristotle, live roughly around the same time, and they were all concern with ethics. Both Confucius and Me...
A Discussion on Three Reasons Why Socrates States We Should Not Fear Death
Socrates is accused and put on trial by the citizens of Athens for corrupting the youth of the city. He receives and essentially accepts the death penalty in the hope that his dying will prove his innocence. Socrates mentions how he did this because he had no other choice and because he does not fear death (29a). This paper...
An Analysis of Socrates' Apology in The Republic by Plato
Apology by Plato There is a reason we question the things around us, as we are naturally curious people. Life is so much more than just being on earth, life is about finding and creating yourself, it is creating bonds between people and things. We are constantly searching for something to make us feel like life is worth...
Socrates' Ideas About Death in Plato's Dialogue Phaedo
In Socrates’s last hours of life, he was calm. This surprised many people because most people are scared when facing death. Socrates explained his calmness with the fact that he is a philosopher and in a way, philosophy is the study of death. Socrates had several different ideas about death, the soul and what comes after li...
The Teachings of Know Thyself as the Basis of Self-Defense by Socrates
Can you reconcile Socrates’ self-defense at his trial (by the Athenian governing body) with his teaching that called for one to “know thyself” (know oneself)? As a philosopher, Socrates (c. 470-399 BCE) devoted his life to the pursuit of truth. For Socrates, this pursuit involved just as much a scrutiny of oneself as t...
An Analysis of Theories in The Last Days of Socrates, a Play by Plato
In The Last Days of Socrates, written by Plato, several theories emerge, especially in the chapter Phaedo. Two of Socrates’ main contradicting arguments are The Theory of Opposites and The Theory of Recollection. The Theory of Opposites is Socrates’ idea that everything on Earth has an opposite and cannot exist without it....
An Argument on the Meaning of Courage by Socrates
At the beginning of the Laches, Socrates, Laches, Nicias, Melesias, Lysiamachus are gathered to discuss whether Melesias’ and Lysiamachus’ sons should learn to fight in armor. Socrates argues that Melesias and Lysiamachus are really concerned about “the matter in which virtue might be added to the souls of their sons to mak...
Socrates' Influence on the People of Athens in The Apology of Socrates by Plato
Socrates was the kind of man who always spoke what was on his mind and had no trouble doing so. He was brought to trial for allegedly demeaning the people of Athens and challenging their perspectives on certain views. To ensure that there society run smoothly, people in Athens were taught to always strive and be excellent...