Philosophy Thesis: In Crito, Socrates justifies the idea of the social contract to Crito, his strongest advice being that one should not return injustice to anyone, despite their outgoing treatments on others or on yourself, however, Socrates is hypocritical in saying that one should live freely and rightly so, but he himself chooses to die because it is just. We are introduced into the story by the disputive dialogue between Socrates and Crito regarding Socrates' escape and the opportunity for himself to be freed. Crito, a wealthy and great friend of Socrates, believes that Socrates should escape prison, and return to his home due to the misconceptions of higher authority that were proposed on Socrates based on his actions
He has passion for his beliefs and values, and would rather die than give them up. When presented with the idea of the jury releasing him he states “as long as I draw breath and am able, I shall not cease to practice philosophy” (Plato 32). This shows that Socrates does not believe what he has done and what he believes in is wrong; he will continue to do what he had been put on trial for if released. This is the exact opposite of what one would say to appease the jury. Socrates is on trial because some believe what he was doing was wrong, by refusing to acknowledge that he was wrong, this speech contradicts our modern day idea of an apology.
The way I viewed his heart’s desire made me feel like he is less of a bad person than people might think. I thought his heart’s desire was to be the best king he could be. This is an important reason because all he wanted to do was be the best king he could be, while others thought otherwise. In this case, he thought it would be best to kill Antigone because she broke a law and he wanted to protect the people of Thebes from a felon, even if it was somebody else. In line 1228 he says to the leader: “Oh it’s hard giving up on the heart’s desire… but I will do it” after he is convinced to let Antigone free.
Odysseus trusts goddess Athena's plan to get rid of the suitors and having her as his mentor, he is more confident to take down the suitors. As this quote explains "The two plotted death for the insolent suitors. Athena began their discussion this way" (Homer 331). She gives Odysseus the plan from there on, on how to make his way up and defeat the outnumbered suitors. It would have been impossible for Odysseus to take down the suitors on his own, if Athena did not guide
Socrates’ Arguments in the Crito In The Crito, Socrates argues that he should not escape prison because it would be morally incorrect. He says that the really important thing is not to live but to live well. Therefore, by escaping prison, not only will he suffer the consequences but also his family, his friends, and the city of Athens. Socrates argues that the city of Athens would be affected if he escapes from prison. By escaping from prison, he would be breaking the laws of the city.
To prove this, Socrates describes how “everyone would surely say that if a man takes weapons from a friend when the latter is of sound mind, and the friend demands them back when he is mad, one shouldn’t give back such things, and the man who gave them back would not be just” (331c). Even though the man who gave back the weapons did it to repay his debt, it would be unjust since the weapons could be used to harm other people, leaving the man with the guilt of knowing that any casualties were the consequences of their actions. Additionally, if someone was to follow Cephalus’ definition of justice and be completely honest with his friend who was of an unsound mind, it might result in the friend lashing out. Because the friend is not completely rational at that current moment in time, they would not completely understand the logical truth. As a result, they would become enraged and act violently.
Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama was speaking on his behalf in his speech on race to all potential Voters of the 2008 presidential election. He wanted to respond to reverend wright's comments on race as well as it was urgent for him to save his reputation and his campaign, his purpose was to be a part of a more perfect union and gain more voters and to make America more peaceful and respectful. Most perceived him as being racist and Anti-American because of his reverend’s racist remarks and he wanted to prove all of America wrong. He worked hard to try to get equality, freedom, and respect for all. Many people viewed it as a step to equality but he viewed it as a step for equality.
For this week's journal entry, I would like to bring up the idea of "wisdom" in reference to Plato's Apology. Personally, I find that the way in which Socrates defends is wisdom is admirable, and although it leads to the verdict of him being killed, I think that this decision and the reaction by Socrates helps define wisdom. Socrates, in essence, says that he does not fear death because he is wise. No one knows what death is -- perhaps it may be the best thing a person gets to experience. However, a person that is unwise would approach death into thinking that it is the worst thing that can happen in life.
Usually, heroes in a Greek play or poem are not always perfect; they have flaws and fix their mistakes to relate to real life. At first, Creon makes rash decisions and sticks to them no matter what anyone says. When he disputes with Haemon about the punishment of Antigone, Creon exclaims, “Bring her out, /that hateful — she'll die now, here, /in front of his eyes, beside her groom!” (852-4). He does not change his opinions, regardless of Haemon and his citizens’ opinions. He gets carried away with his powers and believes that following his laws is the only way to maintain a unity and peace.
It's a decision between morals or friends and makes that decision clear that he rather choose the right morals over having a friend in power. Throughout the novel Julius Caesar's morals is to be seen as ambitious and wanting people to praise him while Brutus's morals being Humble and doing what is ethical. The Characteristics of Julius Caesar and Brutus contradict each other and Brutus does what his morals are to get rid of Julius Caesar or in the play to assassinate him. Another example of of his morally right decisions affecting an outcome is his influence on the conspirators. Cassius, a conspirator, is to ask why Caesar's name is to “be sounded more than” Brutus's name and then to say
Crito was very persistent on convincing Socrates to escape his death by bring up many arguments. The first argument Crito had brought up was that he did not want to lose Socrates because he is a “one of kind” friend to him plus he implied his reputation will be tarnished due to not helping his special friend. Crito is worried that many people in society will look at him wrong for not helping Socrates during this difficult time. Crito second argument was basically advising Socrates that he should not be too harsh on himself for what he claimed in the court house regarding him not wanting to be an exile. Socrates’s Children were brought up in the third argument.
Socrates tells him that he should give Socrates good reasons to why Socrates should escape with him. They go back and forth with the arguments. As expected Socrates win the he decides to say in the prison and face death. By analyzing Socrates’s premises, I think that Socrates had a weak truth to the premises, but they strongly connect to his conclusion.
If Amir did end up helping Hassan, then he would have been thanked by everyone, but instead Amir is faced with the sight of that scene forever. Amir’s passion was to be loved and applauded by Baba, but his moral obligation was to help his best friend. Turning away from his best friend just exemplified how he was scared and intimidated and that is the worst way to act going through life. The main lesson to take out of Hosseini’s quote is to make the decision that will be the most beneficial to the future because just by one wrong decision, life can go a whole different