Socrates ' View Of Life And Death Essay

937 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
Question 1
Socrates is being condemned to death. In the book of Plato, Socrates’ view of life and death in Apology and Crito has quite similar answer but different situation. Socrates does not afraid of death. He does not know anything about death whether it is a good thing or not. He just believes as long as what he does is right.
In the Apology, Socrates is in the court defense for his trial. He is charged because he is not believing in God, inventing a new religion, and corrupting the youth. For these charges, he is sentenced to death. From his reply, it shows what Socrates’ think about life and death. According to the book of Plato: Five Dialogues,
“Someone might say: “Are you not ashamed, Socrates, to have followed the kind of occupation that has led to your being now in danger of death?” However, I should be right to reply to him: “You are wrong, sir, if you think that a man who is any good at all should take into account the risk of life or death; he should look to this only in his actions, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting like a good or a bad man.”” (28-b)
From this short sentences, it shows that he is not embarrassed being a philosopher, even though this profession makes his life at risk of death. In Socrates’ opinion, as long as his action is right, he does not care if it makes him death. Moreover, in the other passage, he said: “was much more afraid to live a coward.”(28-d) In this short quotation, “live a coward” is the key point. It…

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