The Trial And Death Of Socrates : The Trial And Death Of Socrates

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The Trial and Death of Socrates, depicts the different stages of Socrates’s life, from his prosecution until his execution. During the narratives, Socrates gives us, as readers, insight towards his beliefs and philosophy, which are viewed as reasons for his imprisonment. Phaedo’s recollection of Socrates’s last few hours alive, reveals Socrates’s most important belief, that the soul is an entity which is immortal and is valuable during and after life. All perceived lusts, greed, and fear are caused because people fail to pursue knowledge over self-indulgence, which is meaningless once the body is deceased. Socrates is accused and sent to prison. Meletus, Anytus, and Lycon are the main prosecutors against Socrates for his teachings. …show more content…

When Socrates is interviewed by his friends he expresses no regret or fear for his life. Socrates distinguishes himself from the average person, because he coins himself a philosopher. The philosopher welcomes the idea of death as a concept for expanding the mind. The average person fears death because they only understand their physical entity “We fear for what we don’t understand”. Compared to the average person, who seeks to only expand their wealth and stomach, Socrates openly states “The philosopher despises anything with the body except the soul, therefore asks for death” (TDS, p. 62).
In addition, Socrates proclaims the non-philosophers are unworthy to life. If the purpose of the individual is to survive for luxury, they are not truly living “a person who only cares about bodily pleasures is already dead” (TDS, p. 62). Therefore, the physical form contributes towards misfortune and the pursuit of spiritual knowledge.
The fulfillment towards only the physical form leads to the chaos and struggles of life. If a person lives their life to satisfy their body, then they are not alive at all. All issues of life occur because pleasure causes pain “for wars are occasioned by the love of money, and money has to be acquired for the sake and in the service of the body” (TDS, p. 64). Therefore, this idea expands upon Socrates’s claim of him being superior to all professionals, the skilled workers have

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