Socrates As A Political Martyr

1674 Words7 Pages
1st Plato Question People question if Socrates can be considered a political martyr. A political martyr is someone who suffers persecution and/or death for advocating, renouncing, refusing to renounce, and/or refusing to advocate a political belief or cause. I believe that Socrates should be considered a martyr, and his actions during his trial in the Apology proves my point. I believe that Socrates already accepted his fate before his trial began. At a trial, the person accused of the crime tries to disprove the accusations made against him or her. Even though Socrates does not say it himself, he is a wise man. He is a master of language, who can convince the court he is not guilty by the way he says his words. His words were the reason…show more content…
One last time, Socrates does not give up on philosophizing because he believes that it is his duty to God. (Apology 35e-38b) Finally, the jury made one more vote to decide if Socrates should receive the death penalty. The vote is in favor of the death penalty by a greater margin of two-thirds. Socrates states that he might have saved his life by saying whatever necessary but, he would be disgracing himself. He states that his accusers have been convicted of the depravity of the truth. He tells those who voted to for his innocence to keep his philosophy alive. He states the that the good man has nothing to fear in this life or the afterlife. He concludes by saying "Well, now it is time to be off, I to die and you to live; but which of us has the happier prospect is unknown to anyone but God." This why Socrates is a political martyr, he defended his beliefs until death, even though they were the reason he was sent to die. (Apology 38c-42a)
2nd Plato Question During Socrates trial in the Apology, he tells the court he will not accept the court’s request to stop philosophizing and any punishment for refusing to do so. However, in the Crito, he accepts the death penalty without any hesitation. One reason why Socrates accepts his punishment is because of authority. For example, Socrates rejected the court’s request to stop spreading his philosophy because he believed that the court does not have any

More about Socrates As A Political Martyr

Get Access