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Socrates Essay

  • Submitted by: donyea1
  • on March 1, 2011
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,397 words

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Socrates gives us all a lesson in life as well as death.   I think Socrates was a good
respectable person, who was willing to die for what he believed in.   Socrates spent his
time questioning people about things like virtue, justice, goodness and truth. The people
Socrates questioned are the same self- righteous people that condemned him to death.
Socrates was sentenced to death because his mouth was upsetting the status quo and
they wanted to shut him up for good. There was not any real evidence against Socrates to prove the accusations against him. Socrates was condemned for several reasons: he
told important people exactly what he thought of them, he questioned ideas that had
long been the norm, the youth copied his style of questioning for fun, making Athenians
think Socrates was teaching the youth to be rebellious. The charge of being immoral was completely absurd because Socrates talked about the gods quite frequently and
never stated to anyone that he was an atheist so it would be hard if not impossible for
them to [prove him to be an atheist.   The relationships between the religion and state
and individual and society have impacted the past and are still concerns that are with us
today.

He was charged with being an atheist and with corrupting the youth, Socrates only
attempt to expand their way of thinking. There is no crime in opening up minds to think
independently in an open society   Socrates would be a modern day political prisoner in
our times and yes in some countries he would be put to death. Socrates from what I
gathered this book a man of a person with strong integrity, a man who would rather die
than consider himself dishonored, and a man who charges his friends to allow him to
live life as he sees fit. Even as Socrates confronts aspects of the society of Athens, he
demonstrates the importance of certain values in that society both in his own person
and even in the charges brought against him, however...

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