Socrates View Of Death In Plato's Apology

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Plato’s “Apology” examines the trial of a great philosopher named Socrates. He is brought to court because of corrupting the youth and not believing in Gods. In response against his accusers, Socrates maintains that being sentenced to death is a possibility. While others fear death, as it is an evil; he does not fear it as he views death positively. According to Socrates, death is an advantage. His spiritual sign suggests this idea as well. Throughout his defense, Socrates has consistent idea of death to being good thing.
Socrates does not put life over his ideals and principles. Even in the face of death, he does not give up on his morals. Socrates contends that the possibility of death will not influence his arguments in his defense. He states that he cannot sacrifice his ideals, just because of the concerns about death. In law court, Socrates mentions that if judges would give him another punishment as not questioning people, he would do that, because it is impossible for him to keep quiet, as that means disobeying the God. Socrates says, “If you think that a man who is any good at all should take into account the risk of life or death; he
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According to his speech “ To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know” (29a, p9). By this, he is implying that death is a mystery that is hard to understand, but is not to be feared. Socrates supports this idea by saying, “No one knows whether death is may not be the greatest of blessings for a man, yet man fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils” (29a, p9). According to Socrates, people see mortality as something bad; even they have no knowledge about it. They claim so because they are scared of it. Further, Socrates goes against those people by arguing that those who say the death is an evil are certainly mistaken and for this, he has an argument (40b,

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