Socrates 's Remark At 30a B Of The Apology Essay

1139 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
In this paper, I will argue that Socrates’s remark at 30a-b of the Apology that acquiring the best possible state of the soul is the most important thing in life and argue as to why I agree with him. Specifically, I will underline the importance of rejecting false beliefs and obtaining true knowledge by doing philosophy, which are essential for having a pure soul as well as being superior to wealth. Furthermore, I will provide an example from the Euthyphro, demonstrating the importance of knowledge and how eliminating false beliefs is crucial. Then I will evaluate an objection that the example does not showcase the importance of wealth, especially in regard to today’s society. I will respond by asserting that even in today’s society, materialistic things are less important than having true knowledge and a pure soul.
In The Apology, Socrates argues to the Athenians that the best possible state of the soul is the most important thing one can achieve and is greater than being wealthy. (30b) Moments before he makes this assertion, Socrates declares to the men of Athens, “To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know” (29a). His statement reveals that no one knows what happens after death, so he does not fear death nor avoid admitting to the things he does not know (29b). In this way, it shows that the Athenians believe in something false, which, to Socrates, is the worst things that can ever happen…

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