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Life Of Socrates Research Paper

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Socrates is one of the earliest well-known philosophers from ancient Greece who continues to influence and impact lives to this very day. He was a simple man who lived in Athens, served in the Greek Military, was married, and had three sons. After his service in the military Socrates led a plain life and lived with very few possessions. Unlike most men of the time he chose not to get involved with politics or other public affairs. Instead, his quest became to find out the truth to many of life’s questions and his technique itself would be questioned by his peers. He considered human knowledge was more valuable than any material items that man could possess. Many people considered Socrates to be poor although he felt, “one can be rich…show more content…
Daily he could be found questioning the masses on popular beliefs in the market square of the City of Athens. His philosophy on searching for answers brought him to popularity, his demise, and a long lasting legacy. Although he was charged with the crime of corrupting the youth of Athens, Socrates stood firm on his beliefs while accepting the laws under which he was tried and made no attempt to escape his punishment of death. This would become his legacy for many to follow and learn from.
Socrates practiced his quest for knowledge among his fellow Athenian’s on a daily basis and never claimed to be an expert on any particular subject or even a knowledgeable man. In fact, he sought out so called experts and asked them to explain: the who, the what, the when, and why things are the way they are. He was a critical thinker who was “committed to the testing and, where
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Athenians created the rules and laws of the time, so he would abide by them even if he did not agree with it. This may have been Socrates’ fatal flaw, because his belief was in the “conception of virtue, involving the claims that virtue is knowledge and that no one knowingly does wrong.” (Mason) His trail consisted of 500 jurors who were called to hear his accusers outline his crimes against the youth and to hear Socrates combat the claims with his philosophical defense. Socrates lectured the jury about how he had not committed a crime, but “if he were to deny his trial, he would be returning injustice for injustice, harm for harm; he would be breaking just agreements, and he would be harming himself, his friends, his country, and the laws of his country; and all things are clearly forbidden by the principles he has advanced and to which, he says, he has subscribed all his life.” (Santas, Gerasimos Xenophon) He did not want to be viewed by the people as an enemy of the people’s laws and therefor accepted the laws, although he strongly felt they were flawed, under which he was accused. After hearing arguments from the accused and accusers, the jury deliberated and concluded that Socrates was in fact guilty of corruption of the youth and was sentenced to
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