Right after Socrates has stated his predictions to the people who sentenced him to death and after he told his friends/judges the first reason why death is a good thing, he tells his friends the second reason why death is a good thing saying, “Let us reflect in another way, and we shall see that there is another reason to hope that death is a good, for it is one of two things: either death is a state of nothingness and utter unconsciousness, or, as men say, is a change and migration of the soul from this place to another.” (par.45). What Socrates is saying in this quote is that, death might be a good thing if death is one of two things, never ending sleep or the soul travels from one place to another. After Socrates explained to his judges what death is like as an endless sleep, he states how this kind of death is a good thing by saying, “Now if death is like this, I say that to die is as gain, for eternity is then only a single night.” (par.45). Right after Socrates said how the first way death is a good thing, he states his second reason how it is a good thing by saying, “But if death is a journey to another place, and there, as men say, all the death reside, what good, my friends and judges, can be greatest than this?” What needs to be analyze by both quotes are the first parts, “Now if death is like this,” and “But if death is a journey to another place,” because what both of these two parts of quotes have in common is the word ‘if’. With the word if, Socrates is saying that he does not actually know that these things will happen after death, but it might happen.
This essay is about Socrates in the Apology. Socrates was a philosopher, a religious fanatic and a man of reason who lived to questioned why things are the way they are, due to his occupation of questioning and reasoning he was later brought to court on charges of corrupting the young and encouraging people not to believe in godly things that are recognized by the state as said by his accusers. During his trial he said quite a numerous things in the Apology and he was found guilty by the juries and was sentenced to death. So, in this essay I will be explaining why he thinks that death should not be always avoided during his trial on apology. And I will be explaining my position regarding what Socrates has said that we shouldn’t always avoid death.
You may think killing someone is wrong, no matter the circumstance, but there are some cases where murder is the only option. In John Steinbeck 's Of Mice and Men George kills his friend Lennie, but what you don 't know is that Lennie 's death was justified. Even though it is wrong to kill someone george did nothing wrong in the situation he was put in. George is innocent because he new Lennie would get in more trouble, George also knew that the dream would never come true, so he had to end it, George knew that if he didn
After speaking with Cephalus about justice, Socrates moves on to speak with his son, Polemarchus. Initially, Polemarchus’ definition is similar to that of his father’s. Polemarchus believes that justice means that you should help friends, and harm enemies. Knowing Socrates, he clearly was not going to willingly accept this definition; there are always exceptions. According to Socrates, depending on the occupation of an individual, there are multitude of ways to “help friends” and “harm enemies”.
More powerful than a one man should become and that made him very dangerous all of Rome would depend on what decisions Caesar made. He could have changed for the better but the possibility of him turning into a tyrant outweighed that possibility and forced our hands into action. I know all too well the other conspirators had other motives to kill Caesar. I knew this from the beginning they were most likely getting revenge for Pompey's murder. Though they did bring up a good point and it was enough to convince me to betray Caesar a man whom I loved dearly.
Joining the Conspiracy A question that has gained much attention and controversy is simply this “Should Brutus have joined the conspiracy to kill Caesar?” Many people argue on whether his reasoning dictated the right to end Caesar’s life, after all they were best friends. Some people say yes, he did justify his reasons for killing Caesar. Still others say no, he just rationalized it for himself to make it seem like it was the best and only option that he had. In the end, Brutus makes the right decision in cutting Caesar’s life short. There are many reasons and clues in the story as to why this choice was the best option.
I had to kill him to save everyone. I loved him, but Rome’s well being was more important to me than Caesar’s life. Q: Brutus, what swayed you the most to join Cassius’ plan? A: The thing that swayed me the most was the letters from the people of Rome that my servant found. Their pleading made me really think about what needed to be done.
And while Brutus did work in part with other conspirators, which eventually led to him killing Caesar, he did it for a more morally sound reason which was that Caesar was going to cause the downfall of Rome because he was too ambitious, which is ironic because Caesar's death led to a string of unfit leaders, and civil unrest that eventually led to the downfall of the roman empire. Brutus was also focused on preventing corruption. “The name of Cassius honors this corruption,/ And chastisement doth therefore hide his head (IV.iii.15-6)...Remember March, the ides of March remember./ Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake” (IV.iii.18-9). But in the end, Brutus felt he had not made an honorable use of Caesar’s death and realized he made a mistake so he took his own life, and unlike Cassius, he died an honorable death for honorable reasons. “This was the noblest Roman of them all./ All the conspirators save only he/ Did that they did in envy of great Caesar./ He only in a general honest thought/ And common good to all, made one of them”
Omega Point examines the way people relate to violence and how they contemplate death. Rather than greater understanding, of the kind of sublime moment that the philosopher who coined the term viewed it as, DeLillo’s omega point is a hard end, but also a kind of sublime protection. Every fate Elster contemplates, seems worse than actual death though Elster is understandably frightened of how he will move from alive to not. Jessie seems to embrace death as a protective space, too, though the manner of her death works against DeLillo’s thematic work although some might say that suicide is terrible violence, too. Robert Frost said there were no beginnings and no ends – just “middles.” DeLillo seems to think that the only real thing at all is the end and that that end is infinite, dark and
It is interesting how the plot twists; Alcibiades opts out praising Eros, and instead, he expresses his reverence towards Socrates. For this politician and playboy, Socrates seems as the perfect personification of Eros, and therefore, deserves the most cordial and sincere admiration. Alcibiades begins his speech with praising Socrates’ skills of a true philosopher and a distinguished speaker. However, Socrates’ reproach for others’ unjustified praise cannot be applied to Alcibiades’ one. “…I’m going to tell you the whole truth…” (217b), says Alcibiades.
In Plato’s Apology, Socrates defended his charges of corrupting the youth by saying he was only providing service to the god that acknowledged him of being wiser than anyone else. However, Socrates was eventually sentenced to death and his thoughts regarding death soon followed. He argues that death is not a bad thing – it is either relocation to a pleasant afterlife or the end of existence. One could easily reason that relocation to any form of heaven is considered good. On the other hand, it would be very reasonable to assume that death being the complete end of existence is an extremely bad thing.
Plato wants readers to know if Socrates deserved the death penalty for his teachings. Throughout the article ethos, pathos, and logos is shown. Upon reading the article, readers can find ethos by the author being a follower instead of a leader. The title of this article is very obvious to others because Socrates was the main character of the article. Logos is used to make an argument,
In the novel, Of Mice and Men, George was justified in killing Lennie because of his mental illness. Without George killing Lennie , he could have been tortured and killed brutally, but instead, George filled his mind with happy thoughts and ended it without any pain. Death is a debatable topic, yet this decision was for the better interest of his best friend,
Prestige and Death What is prestige? According to dictionary.com, prestige is your reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes. The word 's definition can be traced as far back as 360 B.C.E. when it was used in Plato’s Socratic dialogue, Crito. In the dialogue, the character Crito, when trying to break out Socrates from jail, says, “For if you die I shall not only lose a friend who can never be replaced, but there is another evil: people who do not know you and me will believe that I might have saved you if I had been willing to give money, but that I did not care.” This quote from a piece of work that was created 2375 years ago brings up the question: how important is prestige in society?