By doing this we secure our fate and deny life itself. We deny the progression of humanity by denying a condition that makes us human. Which is the ability to evaluate and question life through our own eyes. An ability that Socrates argued for which ultimately led to his death. In this paper, I will highlight the importance of “The Apology” and how it contributed to its field as well as why it is still relevant today.
In this rhetoric, Horatio, who is a model of rationality find it difficult to fathom how Hamlet could speak to a ghost. With his classical philosophy, which he was studying together with Hamlet at the University of Wittenberg, his point of view could not agree with this (Seigel 58). The philosophy compounded the use of logic, ethics and natural sciences and refuted the speculations concerning talking ghosts. In his reply, it is evident that, Hamlet eloquently explains to Horatio about the need to see things in a new dimension, not just basing on the classical philosophy perspective. Thus, he succeeds in transforming the rhetoric into a moment of
Virtue is the central theme of the work, and virtue itself is the ‘good life’ as described by Socrates which results from the proper practices of several principles. The argument Socrates makes about one living a life of virtue and righteousness over that of a power hungry tyrant does not focus itself around the concept of an afterlife as a reward. Socrates makes several arguments throughout the dialogue that progressively build to explain what a good life entails, and does not rely on the idea that an afterlife has to be present for one to desire to live a life of virtue. Plato’s concluding story holds Socrates discussing the myth of death. To Socrates, dying is the souls separation from the body.
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.
Guidebook to the stars: The inferno as a philosophical work to salvation The Inferno is a work that functions as a guidebook of life for its readers. With so many different philosophical messages to lead readers through different scenarios, Dante 's guidance is overlooked. Within the Inferno Dante shows his readers how they can go through life when they find themselves “within a dark wood, abandoning the road that runs true”. (I: 2,12) The Inferno is a philosophical work that guides by showing the reader a different view on actions that can be chosen. Some, in classroom discussions, have suggested that Dante’s Inferno is about self-actualization.
“It is only in being-towards-death that one can become the person who one truly is. Concealed in the idea of death as the possibility of impossibility is the acceptance on one's mortal limitation as the basis for an affirmation of one's life”, says Critchley (2009). Guildenstern’s obsession with death takes a rather confusing route sometimes. He tells the Player that he “would prefer art to mirror life, same as you" (II.324). In their world, art and life are very closely related.
Richard Taylor talks about life and whether or not it has meaning. Even though he addresses that the question “does life have meaning?” is perplexing, he does say it is important to arrive at a noteworthy answer. He goes into answering it by bringing up and observing the ancient myth of Sisyphus, a king who was destined by the Greek gods to roll a stone to the top of a hill just to see it roll back down. This will happen again and again till he faces death. This is a clear representation of a meaningless life according to Taylor.
UNIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE Written Assignment Unit Seven Introduction to Philosophy BUS 1402 UoPeople’ Student Identify and discuss the main features of Correspondence Theory. What are its major strengths and weaknesses? It has been shown that philosophy is the act of wondering or questioning as to come out with a conclusion with different problems that trouble the humankind. One of the hottest concepts or a matter of discussion in the field of philosophy is that of “truth.” Several theories tried to explain it including the Pragmatic Theory and Correspondence theory; however they are all agree that talking about the truth is a very difficult topic to be discussed about. In this paper, I am going to explore the concept of truth in the light of the Correspondence Theory by identifying its major strengths and weaknesses.
In Plato’s Crito, Socrates has a conversation with Crito, who’d come to visit Socrates in his jail cell. As Socrates had been anticipating his death, one personality trait he exhibits is a very pragmatic sense of thinking. In their conversation, Socrates spoke on his awaited execution saying, “It's because it would be out of tune, Crito, to be angry at my age if I must finally die.” This quote shows a tremendous amount of wisdom and it illustrates the peace of mind that he’d consistently carried with him. Death is a concept that can be mentally straining to gloss over for even the smallest of times; that being said, the fact Socrates is able to look at such a daunting theory and still have the ability to remain as level-headed as he did
In the progression of their talk, the group began to discuss the nature of soul in what it is and what it is not. After the discussion about the nature of the soul, the group discussed the value of philosophy in attaining the knowledge of the soul especially in the practice of justice and moderation. Philosophy sees the imprisonment of the soul from the body. Since the body cages the soul through the desires and emotions, philosophy gives the soul an assurance in its own liberation from the body that it would know the truth about reality. Death is something that any philosopher should not dread.