Socrates Essay

1393 WordsSep 23, 20146 Pages
Socrates was born in 469 B.C.E. Although he was not accepted by many people, Socrates was a very important philosopher of his time and he is still being taught and studied today. Most philosophers are important to us because of what they wrote or said, however, Socrates, unlike any other philosopher, never wrote anything of his own, he is important simply for his personality and character. Socrates is also important in philosophy because he liked to question people and try to find answers rather than give a long speech. One of Socrates’s most famous beliefs is that to fear death is to think oneself wise when one is not. This statement was found in the Apology which was written by Socrates’s good friend Plato. This statement was a part of Socrates’s main speech. He makes this statement in his main speech where he addresses the jury. In the main speech he discusses the accusations brought against him and proves them to be false. In addition to that, he also addresses some questions which the jury may have. In philosophy, it is important to presume what the others might argue and break it down. Socrates does so by saying the following, “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?” (Melchert). He makes this statement because he knows that the jurors and the citizens are puzzled by his reaction and the way he has been fearless under his circumstances. He responds to his own question by saying that people are wrong if they think that any good man would take the risk of life or death into account. He then goes on to make the famous statement “to fear death is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know” (Melchert). Socrates says this to prove his point to the jury; his point is that it is unwise to fear the

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