Jesus cuts to the quick. “Except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). The Greek word is deliberately ambiguous, meaning either “from above” or “again.” Nicodemus understood the statement to mean a new birth. Jews understand that repetition of a word denotes its absolute meaning. Thus a word said twice as Jesus said, verily, verily, means, truly, truly, it means absolutely true.
( 27b-d). By these words Socrates meant that he did no object any particular God. However, he believed in existence of supernatural powers in our life. Moreover, Socrates shared with his belief in the existence of life after the death. In addition to it , his last words were " But now it is the time to go away, I am to die and you to live.
Rhetoric can degenerate from “the question at issue” to “abusing one another.” One rhetorician becomes angry that his remark is criticized and is more concerned about winning the debate than having an investigation of truth. Rhetoric is, as Socrates calls it, a form of flattery. Socrates says to Gorgias that “the whole of which rhetoric is a part is not an art at all, but the habit of a bold and ready wit...this habit I sum under the word 'flattery'.” Throughout the entire dialogue, Socrates argues with Gorgias, Polus, and Callicles to figure out the meaning and nature of rhetoric. After much discussion and questioning, Socrates finally comes to the conclusion that rhetoric is useless unless used to accuse yourself of
Is Death a Blessing? Thinking Critically about Socrates’ Argument in Apology In the piece of work, Apology, Socrates argues whether death is a blessing or not and why he believes it to be true. After examining this argument thoroughly, we decided that Socrates makes a good inductive argument about death being a blessing. While writing this paper, we have evidence that the argument is inductive because it is his opinion that death is actually a blessing. Socrates also states in the work, “There is good hope that death is a blessing…” (40c) which makes it known that it is not fully certain, but that is what he believes.
Rhetorical Analysis Most people tend to believe that lying is a way of life, that without it the whole world could crumble and fall. While some tend to believe that any form of lying is a sin and there should be consequences. One author, Stephanie Ericsson, wrote “The Ways We Lie” published in 1993 she talks about how we all lie, it has become an everyday chore to make life easier. She begins by trying to strengthen the bond between the reader and writer showing how they are one of the same. She does this by referencing past experiences, adding informed opinions, and using quotes from other well acknowledged authors, her argument is strong throughout the whole article that lying isn’t just evil, it can be used for good when used the right way.
Such is the case for Philosophy. From the Latin words phylos, defined as a love for something, and sophie, meaning wisdom, Philosophy is rooted in the love of wisdom, creating a direct connection between the two concepts. Thus, learning about the nature of wisdom can translate into deepening one’s understanding of philosophy, a truth emphasized in the Apology of Socrates and that which will always be relevant where there is a desire for education. At first read, the Apology of Socrates is a simple speech that serves its purpose poorly. Socrates was put on the stand to defend himself from the charges of impiety and corrupting the youth.
In the case of the noble lie, Socrates values the health and security of the state over truth. He believes without a stable society, pursuing truth is
Socrates’ speech within the Symposium falls short of being a truly convincing account of Erôs, mainly due to the fact that it does not deliver an explanation of what Erôs is but only where it comes from and its purpose in a spiritual sense, but is can still be considered successful in its own right. Socrates speech is less convincing due partly to the fact that it is not of his own creation, instead being a retelling of a conversation he had with Diotima. Socrates thus comes across as largely uninterested in sex and sexual desire, and instead puts forward an account of Erôs which revolves around Love as a collaborative striving for Goodness, similar to Eryximachus’ appeal to unity and wellness. Socrates speech comes from what he learned from Diotima of Mantinea, who was a priestess who believed that Love is a progressive force which moves one from considering merely the physical to the contemplation of pure and abstract beauty.Diotima explained that Erôs is neither God nor mortal, but a spiritual force which exists between
However, when the judge asked the jury to vote for the penalty; ''The jury votes in favor of the death penalty, 360 to 140'' (Woods, Ryan).This time the margin was greater because Socrates refused to give up about his philosophy and ideas about the gods. Socrates made his last speech before being led off to prison. In his last speech he divided the audience between accusers and followers. He blamed his accusers by ''putting to death Socrates, a wise man—they say I am wise, even if I am not''(Woods, Ryan) ,and he said if you have waited I will die anyway because I am an old man in seventy ,and If you have a patience I will die without any help (Woods, Ryan). Socrates by his words wanted to affect the jury and gain the mercy for not putting him to a death and change a penalty instead.