Socrates Essay

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World Views 345-102 Soldiers and Philosophers Explanation of how Socrates is acting as a good soldier Presented to D. Farnham Created by Anna-Marisa Xinidakis 1133896 13th of October 2011 The Apology is a text written by Plato, student of the great philosopher, Socrates. In this section of The Last Days of Socrates, Plato describes his teacher’s trial and the speech he gives to defend himself against his accusers; Meletus, Anytus, and Lycon. Socrates claims that he would never give up philosophising, even if it would lead to him being put to death by the city of Athens – a city that he loved greatly. In this essay, the reasons why this man was acting as a good soldier by accepting his fate, will be explained in full detail. Socrates dedicated his entire existence to questioning and examining his life and the life of others around him. He believed that God had appointed him to this task, and that it was his duty on earth to complete it. He had stood at his post and did not flea from his previous duty as a soldier at Delium, Potidaea, and yet again at Amphipolis. Therefore it would be inconceivable for him to abandon a job that had been given to him by an even greater power, a divine authority. Neither in the past nor now at the end of his years would he be frightened away by any kind of danger, including his own potential execution. To shy away from his purpose in life would be a great dishonor, and during that time in ancient Greece, not living honorably was one of the worst things that could happen to a man. He promised every listener that he would continue to practice philosophy until his death, whether it would be by force or by natural cause. He went even as far as to claim that he would face more then a hundred deaths before changing his beliefs. All of his stubbornness, or rather determination to do what he thought was right, that which made

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