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  • Explain Socrates Actions In Court
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    AN UNEXAMINED LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING "The unexamined life is not worth living". (Apology, p. 41) Socrates held him self up to this standard by allowing the courts to take his life because they would not allow him to continue his quest set forth by the Oracle. An unexamined life would be just coasting through and not making any decisions or asking any questions. Socrates could not see a point in living if you were unable to ask questions and challenge your way of thinking. An examined life woul...
  • Socrate's Teachings
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    Socrates' Moral Decision To Not Escape Was Socrates wise to stay in Athens to die? Examine firstly the context of the word wise, Socrates wasn't wise in the sense of preserving his own life as he stayed to die. He was encouraged and given the chance to escape by his friend Crito, but Socrates did not want to escape. Why? Socrates was a wise man. He believed in absolutes, and pursued the knowledge of man's source of goodness and virtue. He believed that the repayment of evil with evil was wrong. ...
  • The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living
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    Socrates was considered by many to be the wisest man in ancient Greece. While he was eventually condemned for his wisdom, his spoken words are still listened to and followed today. When, during his trial, Socrates stated that, "the unexamined life is not worth living" (Plato 45), people began to question his theory. They began to wonder what Socrates meant with his statement, why he would feel that a life would not be worth living. To them, life was above all else, and choosing to give up life w...
  • Concept Dionysus In The Bacchae Of Euripides
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    My artistic theme is about the play "The Bacchae of Euripides" and how the god Dionysus is irrational behavior is in accord with that of Alcibiades in Plato's Symposium. In both books the above named character's behavior was reactive to their situations rather than proactive. In the Symposium, Alcibiade's unrequited love, or rather lust for Socrates drives him to make a fool of himself at the "dinner party". During his speech Alcibiades speaks of Socrates as if he were a superior being; he has a...
  • Life Of The Greek Philosopher Socrates
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    The life of the Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC) marks such a critical point in Western thought that standard histories divide Greek philosophy into pre-Socratic and post-Socratic periods. Socrates left no writings of his own, and his work has inspired almost as many different interpretations as there have been interpreters. He remains one of the most important and one of the most enigmatic figures in Western philosophy. As a young man Socrates became fascinated with the new scientific id...
  • Ideal Of Pericles And Athenian Principles
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    Socrates's trug gle: Philosophy over Society When dealing with the extent to which Socrates is a good example for following the ideals of democratic citizenship, a good source to use as a point of comparison to his life is the principles laid out about that citizenship by Pericles in his Funeral Oration. In the Oration, Pericles brought forth certain ideas about Athenian democracy and how its citizens should live their lives in accordance with it. He held these views to be paramount and used the...
  • Last Day Of Socrates Life
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    Phaedo Philosophy is a vast field. It examines and probes many different fields. Virtue, morality, immortality, death, and the difference between the psyche (soul) and the soma (body) are just a few of the many different topics which can be covered under the umbrella of philosophy. Philosophers are supposed to be experts on all these subjects. The have well thought out opinions, and they are very learned people. Among the most revered philosophers of all time was Socrates. Living around the 5th ...
  • Our Own Ideas Of A Good Life
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote "One man's justice is another's injustice". This statement quite adequately describes the relation between definitions of justice presented by Polemarchus and Thrasymachus in Book I of the Republic. Polemarchus initially asserts that justice is "to give to each what is owed" (Republic 331d), a definition he picked up from Simonides. Then, through the unrelenting questioning of Socrates, Polemarchus' definition evolves into "doing good to friends and harm to enemies...
  • Later In Life Socrates
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    Introduction The wise and inquisitive Socrates was both a philosopher and a martyr, not just in his words but in his actions as well. Socrates was so adamant about his principles that he wouldn't deny them to save his own life. A lesser man left in his shoes would have done anything to stop the fate that he faced. Socrates practiced what he preached through and through and for the most part only taught good morals. The next four pages consist of the life of Socrates, his contributions to the wor...
  • Pursuit Of Excellence 1 Socrates
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    The pursuit of excellence 1) Socrates did not write "Apology". Socrates did not actually write anything, It was his friend Plato that wrote and documented Socrates's speeches and dialog's. The "Apology" supposes to be an accurate account by Plato of Socrates's trial before the Athenian jury in 399 BCE. The trial began with the prosecutors presenting their case against Socrates before the Athenian jury. In this trial Meletus, the prosecutor, argued that Socrates was guilty of corrupting the youth...
  • Life And Death Of Socrates
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    The Life and Death of Socrates Socrates was a Greek Philosopher who spent most of his live searching for truth. Socrates is considered philosophy's martyr because he was more concerned about righteous living then he was about winning arguments. There are no primary sources of Socrates life so all information about his life and death is based on secondary sources. A secondary source is a written account made some time after an event has taken place by a person who was not an eyewitness. (Leinwand...
  • Socrates And Solomon
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    socrates By: mike The Key to Happiness Truly, many of life's unteachable lessons are those most sought to be learned. The cycle that life revolves in is a direct product of mankind's knowledge. For without answers to many of life's mysteries, there is no progress, no change. The missing piece to the puzzle is God's wisdom. "Just as you do not know how the breath comes to the bones in the mother's womb, so you do not know the work of God, who makes everything". (Ecclesiastes Ch. 11 vs. 5) The rem...
  • Socrates As Being Anti Life
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    Life or Anti-Life: Nietzsche vs. Socrates Nietzsche's charge that Socrates is anti-life appears to be driven merely by disgust and not proven by fact. I say this mainly because the majority of Nietzsche's accusations in The Problem of Socrates were either negative statements against Socrates physical appearance or inaccurate accounts that he possibly just misunderstood. Therefore, with Nietzsche's invalid charges we can not consider Socrates anti-life. One of Nietzsche's first mistakes is in his...
  • Friends To Socrates
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    "Crito, you and other people who claimed to be friends to Socrates are all useless! How could you have been so cowardly, or lazy, or stingy, as to allow you 'friend' to die Surely, with a little courage, energy, and money, you could have saved him". Those are strong accusations coming from someone who obviously did not know Socrates as well as his other students or me. Although, I expected that people would react this way to my actions, or lack of actions, regarding Socrates death. For Socrates,...
  • Wise Person
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    Socrates was a unique individual with an un ordinary style of living. One main goal everyday for Socrates was to determine whether or not what the oracle said was true. He would do this by asking questions to individaulas. What he wanted us to know was if he was actually the wises man in Greece. He wanted to see if no one was wiser! To our generation living today, the question still arises of whether Socrates knew what he was talking about or was he just being a bullshitter. 2000 years later he ...
  • Socrates Believes
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    In Plato's dialogues, Euthyphro, Apology and Crito, Socrates demonstrates his belief that "the most important thing is not life, but the good life" (Crito 48 b). Socrates believed that a good life is equivalent to one that is just and honorable. The good life is also one where the beliefs and morals of a person are not put aside in order to save one's own life and wealth should not be desired. The true purpose of philosophy is not to give answers to questions but to raise more questions to the a...

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