Reflection On The Trial Of Socrates

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I found the story of Socrates trial, on pages 43-46, to be incredible. I always knew that history was full of surprises and amazing events. However, I had no idea that Athens had such a robust debate environment at 399 B.C.E. It seems like Athens was dealing with the same kind of political corruption that we, in modern society, must face in our politics today. It really proves the saying, “history repeats itself.” I find these readings to be of great fascination, as it shows me that humans of that time were no less morally conscience or intelligent than we are today. Furthermore, I always thought that dialectic discussion and debate came about during the Age of Enlightenment. Hopefully, there is a section in our textbook about the Age of Enlightenment philosophers because it would be interesting to know how much they were influenced by men like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. With my limited knowledge of the Age of Enlightenment philosophers, I would have to think that it was quite a lot considering how similar many of the ideas about morality and justice are when compared…show more content…
This was due to a sacred festival that was going on at the time. During this waiting period, Socrates could have escaped or fled. However, he chose to stay and wait for his death. I believe that the reason why Socrates wanted to stay was that “he believed he had a calling to attach himself to the city of Athens” (Lecture 1 Socrates). Furthermore, he believed that people shouldn’t be afraid to speak because “the soul is evidently immortal” and “there will be after death a good life for the person who has been good in this life” (Lecture 1 Socrates). No matter what the reason was for Socrates not to flee, he was an incredibly brave and honorable man who stuck by what he believed to the end of his life. May his immortal soul rest in
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