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Socrates Definition Of The Good Life Is Being Able To Fulfill

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Socrates definition of the good life is being able to fulfill the “inner life” by inquiring and expanding the mind to the greatest extent possible. Socrates would agree with the good life being more important than life itself. If today’s society was asked the question regarding which one is more important, my guess will be that not many will even be able to differentiate. It will be a very controversial discussion with a lot of bias opinions. David Hume is one of the philosophers who would disagree with Socrates. Socrates proposed his idea of the good life in his encounter with Crito which was written by Plato. In Plato’s Five Dialogues Crito had planned Socrates escape from jail and all he had left to do was convince Socrates to go with…show more content…
If he were to escape then he would be causing more harm to himself as he would lose all self-respect and dignity. Socrates was against the escape plan and he gave really good reasons to why he disagreed with Crito. Socrates was not guilty for his accusation. If he were to escape then everyone would think otherwise. Socrates said his occupation as a philosopher was following what the gods commanded. Therefore, living life without practicing philosophy would not be worth it. There was only one way to define the good life, and that is a life of knowledge. I have to agree with the good life being more important for human beings however, I think that in today’s society there is more than one definition or understanding to what the good life is. Socrates made it clear that the good life is a life filled with knowledge and wisdom. In today’s society the good life would be defined as the American Dream. The American Dream is just a way of measuring the so called happiness of life with tangibles. In that aspect I completely disagree. I have been working at a country club for almost three years now and I can see why so many people have that misconception. I personally agree with Socrates. The good life is one filled with knowledge not money or any other assets. Working at the country club has showed me the side of life I never want to be part of. Everyday I am surprised with what I see. The members at the country club seem to have defined happiness with
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