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The Unjust Death of Socrates - The Unjust Death of Socrates The question of why Socrates was executed and if he deserved the charges put against him has been asked by historians for centuries. Socrates has a unique position in the history of philosophy. On one hand he is the most influential on another he is the least known. In his later life he is seen to stalk the streets barefoot, to spite shoemakers. He went about arguing and questioning people and revealing inconsistencies in their beliefs. He began teaching students but never accepted payments for doing so....   [tags: Socrates, Philosopher] 456 words
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Wisdom of Socrates - Socrates was a man that was in search of the truth about wisdom. However, it became more than just a simple search, rather it tuned into a complex assignment where the answer of true wisdom leads Socrates to be brought up on charges of corrupting society. As a philosopher Socrates is known to take every angle of an argument and to never put belief into one idea. Therefore Socrates was known to perplex even simple ideas and to frustrate his opponent. People who have experienced this accuse Socrates of making his own truths about the natural and unnatural world when in actuality he his still in search of a better meaning....   [tags: Socrates] 507 words
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Truth Be Told: Socrates' Examinations of Life - Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He questioned the very nature of why things were the way they were, while never settling for simple, mundane answers. Socrates would rather die searching for the truth than live accepting what he considered a blatant lie. I like to think of myself the same way. I too would rather examine the wonders of life rather than accept what I am just told. The truth is some can’t handle the truth. I on the other hand welcome it with earnest anticipation and fervent enthusiasm....   [tags: Socrates, philosophy, ] 521 words
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Socrates' Analogy of the Cave - At the beginning of Book Seven, in an attempt to better describe the education of the philosopher Socrates begins to set up an analogy with an ascent and descent into “the cave”. In Socrates’ cave analogy there was a group of people who were from childhood held in a dimly lit underground cave. The people were kept there in bonds that were designed to allow them to only what was in front of them by depriving them of the ability to turn their heads around. Also present in Socrates’ cave was a certain wall or partition separating the prisoners from another group of people who simply walked along a path carrying statues shaped after all that of beings and occasionally uttering sounds as the othe...   [tags: Socrates, Analogy of the Cave, philosophy, ] 1029 words
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Views Of Detrich Bonhoeffer And Socrates - "The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts. For evil to appear disguised as light, charity, historical necessity, or social justice is quite bewildering to anyone brought up on our traditional ethical concepts". Evil should not have a place in the name or eyes of the law other than for the law to bring justice onto the evil which as been committed. The law is there to protect and provide equality and justice to all. People are equal. Each and every person has the ability to make their own decisions which ever way they choose to....   [tags: Sociology Philosophy Socrates Bonhoeffer] 1482 words
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Socrates: One of the Most Important Figures in Western Philosophy - Socrates was one of the most influential thinkers in the West, even though he left no writings of himself, it was possible to reconstruct an accurate account of his life from the writings of his Greek students because he always engaged them. He was a man with a very strong conviction because he lived his life for the pursuit of knowledge, true wisdom, God’s will, and piety. Though he never wrote anything, his soul source of knowledge about him came from one of his students, Plato. Socrates was born in 469 B.C....   [tags: Socrates Essays]
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Compare and Contrast: Socrates and Jesus Christ - “To stand up for what you believe in is more important than to be scared of imprisonment or death.” – Socrates The Apology In this literature review I will discuss both Socrates and Jesus Christ (Jesus). I will compare and distinguish them, by their trial, misdeeds (through the view of society), law, justice and punishment. In addition, I will write about their influence in today’s society and what impact they have made through time. Both Socrates and Jesus had many things in common yet, they we’re different....   [tags: Comparing Socrates and Jesus Christ] 1058 words
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Socrates Elenchus Verses Scientific Theory - The Socrates Elenchus was Socrates way of questioning a proposal. His method is tested and explained in Plato’s Euthyphro and Meno. Socrates’ method is a series of steps that are meant to test or challenge a claim. The scientific method is a modern day method used to test a theory. Both Socrates’ Elenchus and the Scientific method have similarities and differences. Socrates’ method is very alike to the scientific method however; Socrates’ method seems to be less effective than the scientific method....   [tags: Euthyphro, Meno, Plato, Socrates]
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Plato’s Crito: The Last Days of Socrates - As Socrates awaits his upcoming execution; he is visited before dawn by a close old friend Crito. Crito has made arrangements to help Socrates escape from prison. Socrates is grateful to his old friend for his willing to help aide him in the escape. However, Socrates is quite willing to await his execution. Crito tries to change Socrates mind about escaping by presenting him with several arguments. The first is that if Socrates choices to stay, his death will reflect poorly on Crito. The people will think that Crito did nothing to save his friend....   [tags: Crito, Socrates Execution]
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According to Socrates, Should you Obey an Unjust Law? - Convicted For Living. Do we have an obligation to obey any law, no matter how unjust or evil, provided only that it is in fact a valid rule of the legal system in which we happen to be physically located. In the following composition, I am going to examine the answer to this question in accordance to what Socrates believes. The best way to understand this almost “WWSD” (What Would Socrates Do) approach is by looking at Socrates' actions in the three Platonic dialogues we have read. These dialogues bring forth three possible bases for why Socrates believes one should obey the law....   [tags: socrates, unjust law, obeying] 567 words
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Socrates Was NOT Guilty -      Socrates, in his conviction from the Athenian jury, was both innocent and guilty as charged. In Plato’s Five Dialogues, accounts of events ranging from just prior to Socrates’ entry into the courthouse up until his mouthful of hemlock, both points are represented. Socrates’ in dealing with moral law was not guilty of the crimes he was accused of by Meletus. Socrates was only guilty as charged because his peers had concluded him as such. The laws didn’t find Socrates guilty; Socrates was guilty because his jurors enforced the laws....   [tags: Innocence of Socrates Essay] 1660 words
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Plato’s Portrayal of Socrates - Plato’s Portrayal of Socrates The portrayal of Socrates by his student Plato creates one of the most controversial characters of all time. There are few other personalities in history that have drawn criticism and praise from the furthest ends of each spectrum. Socrates has been called the inventor of reason and logic, and at the same time has been condemned as a corruptor and a flake. Perhaps he was all of these. Despite this disagreement, one is a certainty: Socrates had a very interesting and active sense of humor....   [tags: Plato Socrates]
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Socrates: A Revolutionary Philosopher Who Posed a Threat to the Government and Society - Socrates was a revolutionary thinker. He brought new ideas and processes of thought to Athenian society and his work still has its place in the world today. However during his time, his ideas were not always thought of as a good thing. Many viewed him as a corrupting influence on other people and accused him of forcing his ideas upon others. Perhaps most frequently the center of controversy was his thoughts on theocracy and piety as seen in the Plato’s Euthyphro. Socrates also appears at the butt end of Aristophanes’ comedy Clouds, where he is satirically ridiculed and seemingly corrupting the youth of Athens in his school, the Thinkery....   [tags: Philosophy, socrates, government,] 638 words
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Socrates - Definitions of Piety - Socrates - Definitions of Piety      During the Periclean age (around 400 B.C.) in Athens Greece there was a man named Socrates. He was considered a very wise man by the Athenians. However there were men in power who did not care for him or his teachings; Claiming that he corrupted the Athenian youth and did not believe in the Greek gods, Socrates was put on trail. On his way to his trial Socrates met a man named Euthyphro, a professional priest who is respected by the "authorities" (those who want get rid of Socrates)....   [tags: Socrates Plato Philosophy]
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Last Days Of Socrates - The Last Days of Socrates Plato. The Last Days of Socrates. London: Penguin Books Ltd., 1993 Imagine the time just after the death of Socrates. The people of Athens were filled with questions about the final judgment of this well-known, long-time citizen of Athens. Socrates was accused at the end of his life of impiety and corruption of youth. Rumors, prejudices, and questions flew about the town. Plato experienced this situation when Socrates, his teacher and friend, accepted the ruling of death from an Athenian court....   [tags: Plato Socrates Philosophy Essays] 2263 words
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Justice in Socrates’ City - Justice in Socrates’ City While Adeimantus and Glaucon appear to enthusiastically accept Socrates’ conclusions about the nature and benefits of justice at the end of Book IV, even going so far as to complete his argument about the profit of justice themselves, they only do so because they have followed Socrates’ argument linearly without going back to test new claims against established premises. Had they done so, they would have been to discover the gaps in Socrates’ logic and the full implications of his constructed city—a city that not only failed to illustrate how justice was profitable in itself and correlated with happiness, but actually proved the precise view of justice as a sacrifi...   [tags: Socrates Book IV Justice] 793 words
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Recounting the Last Days of Socrates in Crito - Recounting the Last Days of Socrates in Crito In the Last Days of Socrates the dialogue “Crito” recounts Socrates last days before his execution. Socrates had been accused of corrupting the youth and not worshipping the Gods of the state. During his trial he denied all accusations and attempted to defend himself by proving his innocence using reason . He was judged to be guilty and given a death sentence. His long time friend Crito proposes to Socrates a plan to escape from his death sentence in prison....   [tags: Crito Socrates Greek Philosophy Essays] 1378 words
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Morality and Laws in The Trial and Death of Socrates - Morality and Laws in The Trial and Death of Socrates Upon reading Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates, Socrates strongly held views on the relationship between morality and laws become apparent to the reader. Equally, Socrates makes clear why laws should be followed and why disobedience to the law is rarely justified. Finally, he makes clear his views regarding civil disobedience. Socrates’ view on morality is that anyone can do wrong. It is said that injuring someone in return for injury to oneself is wrong....   [tags: Morals Socrates Philosophy Philosophical Essays] 1245 words
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Socrates’ Trial Defense in Terms of His Values - Socrates’ Trial Defense in Terms of His Values In his Apology, Plato recounted the trial that led to the execution of his friend and mentor, Socrates. The account revealed that values of Socrates’ accusers and his own fundamentally differed, and that they had been angered because he tried to prove that they had misplaced theirs. Those differences created conflict between the two parties that culminated in his trial. With the understanding that a jury condemned Socrates to death and his defense nevertheless pleased him because he gave it truthfully, it is most sensible to call it a good defense because he felt it was the best that he could do....   [tags: Plato Socrates Apology Essays]
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Socrates and Socrates: A Philosophical Pair for the Ages - In Walter Mosley’s Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, the reader is introduced to Socrates Fortlow, an ex-convict who served twenty-seven years for murder and rape. Fortlow is plagued by guilt and, seeing the chaos in his town, feels a need to improve not only his own standards of living, but also those of others in Watts. He attempts this by teaching the people in Watts the lessons he feels will resolve the many challenges the neighbourhood faces. The lessons Fortlow teaches and the methods by which he teaches them are very similar to those of the ancient Greek philosopher for whom Fortlow was named: “‘We was poor and country....   [tags: Literature]
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Socrates, Guilty Or Not - Socrates, Guilty Or Not Ancient Athens was the site of a growing culture. Philosophy was among the many improvements and discoveries being made. With these improvements and discoveries, great thinkers were able to stretch out their knowledge to new heights. The society they lived in, both welcomed and shunned their ideals. Socrates was one of these thinkers. It was because of Socrates open-mindedness that he was sentenced to death by two charges brought against him. One, Socrates corrupted the youth and two, Socrates believed in ‘false gods’....   [tags: Phiosophy] 931 words
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The Apology of Socrates - ... The god Delphi answered nobody was wiser. Socrates thought surely this must be some kind of joke or riddle, he ponders what was said by the god Delphi and was speechless. Socrates decides to go investigate a man who seems to be wise to others and himself, but he wasn’t wise he only looked that way on the outside. When hearing this the man became angry with Socrates causing others to be against Socrates. Then after that Socrates went to the politicians from the politicians to the poets from the poets to the craftsmen’s; and none of them were wiser than Socrates....   [tags: law court, jury, truth]
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The Defense of Socrates - The Defense of Socrates begins with Socrates stating he does not know if his fellow Athenians, his jury, have been persuaded by his accusers. This is a crucial statement because Socrates explains how of the many false claims that his accusers have made, one particularly can be proven as untrue. His accusers have sent out a warning that Socrates is a “clever” speaker and he clarifies that he would admit that he is an orator if a “clever speaker” is one who speaks the truth. (17b) He states that although he has no experience with the court of law, he will speak the truth....   [tags: Athens, Politics] 1218 words
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The Life of Socrates - Socrates (470-399 BC) was a credited philosopher born in the city of Athens to father Sophroniscus and mother Phaenarete. Despite his world-renowned contributions, he did not leave any written accounts of his life. His story was taught through the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon, along with Aristotle and Aristophanes in various forms of dramatic texts and histories. Among others, Plato wrote many dialogues that quoted Socrates’ exact words. Much of what we know comes from this greatly influenced student....   [tags: Biography, Contributions, Philosophies] 806 words
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The Trial of Socrates - In the spring of 399 BCE, A man named Socrates was put on trial in front of his native Athenians. Facing the charges of not acknowledging the gods the city acknowledges, and introducing other new divinities. In addition, He is also charged with corrupting the youth of Athens. The affidavit introduced by Meletus demands the penalty of death. These are very serious charges and the demand of death should not be taken lightly. Yet Meletus is ignorant about what he claims and his accusations can easily be rebutted....   [tags: Meletus, Unjust Trial]
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A Conversation with Socrates - The scene: inside the Perry-Castañeda Library, as I doze off over a paperback of Plato’s Republic. Socrates materializes before me in a sudden, puzzling flash of light. Me. Socrates, why am I here. Socrates. Your parents willed it so. I am afraid I do not follow the intent of your question. Me. I mean, at this university, that is. What am I doing here. Is there any ethical or moral justification for my attainment of a college education. What is the purpose of my education. Socrates. I do not believe I can produce an adequate answer....   [tags: Philosophy] 1083 words
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The Great Socrates - Socrates was a great Greek philosopher (Athenian) around 469 BC – 399 BC. He is known as one of the most important figures and one of the founders of European philosophy. Socrates never wrote philosophical texts. All the writings that exist and everything about Socrates such as his life and philosophy were from the writings of his students, mainly from Plato. In Plato’s eyes, Socrates was an idol, a saint, a prophet and a master in philosophy.1 However, others viewed him as a pathetic, ugly and annoying man....   [tags: philosophy, greek, apology]
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Socrates and Alcibiades - Philosophy and the Human Condition Socrates and Alcibiades In Plato’s Symposium, he describes the party which Agathon had several famous people of his time over for dinner. Those in attendance include Phaedrus, Pausanias, Eryximachus, Aristophanes, and Socrates. The party begins by the members of the party eating dinner and then beginning to talk to about love. Each person gives a eulogy of love. After everyone has spoken, including Socrates, Alcibiades enters and gives a eulogy of Socrates. The two agree on the nature of love in some ways, and disagree in others....   [tags: Philosophy] 1255 words
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Biography of Socrates - Socrates is known in todays world as one of the greatest philosophers in history. He brought many revolutionary ideas to ancient Athens during his life and even after his death. He had many followers that beloved him even till death. His tragic death only led him to become a martyr for philosophy. Socrates never wrote anything down so what we know of his life is the from the records left by his followers, mainly Plato. Socrates was born around 470 B.C. in Athens to a family with moderate wealth....   [tags: Philosopher, Theories, Ancient Athens]
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Thrasymachus and Socrates - In Plato’s The Republic, we, the readers, are presented with two characters that have opposing views on a simple, yet elusive question: what is justice. In this paper, I will explain Thrasymachus’ definition of justice, as well as Socrates’s rebuttals and differences in opinion. In addition, I will comment on the different arguments made by both Socrates and Thrasymachus, and offer critical commentary and examples to illustrate my agreement or disagreement with the particular argument at hand. The debate between Thrasymachus and Socrates begins when Thrasymachus gives his definition of justice in a very self-interested form....   [tags: Justice, Plato's The Republic] 771 words
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The Trial and Death of Socrates - The portrayal of Socrates, through the book “the trial and death of Socrates” is one that has created a fairly controversial character in Western history. In many ways, Socrates changed the idea of common philosophy in ancient Greece; he transformed their view on philosophy from a study of why the way things are, into a consideration man. Specifically, he analyzed the virtue and health of the human soul. Along side commending Socrates for his strong beliefs, and having the courage to stand by those convictions, Socrates can be commended for many other desirable characteristics....   [tags: Philosophy ] 1640 words
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A Hoax in Court: The Trial of Socrates - Albert Einstein quoted, “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same” (Brainy Quote). Were justice and truth a part of Socrates’ trial. The primary question is: what is justice. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of justice is: “the administration of law, especially the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity.” Meletus brought an elder man to court for corrupting the youth and for refusing to believe in the gods of the city....   [tags: Law, philosophy]
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The Trial and Death of Socrates - Recognized as one of the classical Greek Athenian philosophers who founded Western philosophy, Socrates was a mysterious figure known essentially through the accounts of later classical writers, especially from writings of his students Xenophon and the most popular Plato. Through Plato’s dialogues, Socrates has been portrayed and renowned for his involvement in the field of moral principles, and by this the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic Method had come about. With Socrates’ pedagogy, a series of questions can be asked not only to draw individual answers, but also to persuade deep-seated insights into the real issues at hand....   [tags: Greek Philosopher] 840 words
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The Trial and Untimely Death of Socrates - ... As you could imagine Socrates was very confused by this and wondered what is the riddle or there are many wiser people in Athens alone. He then, as he puts it “in service of the god”, went out and questioned and studied the wise men to see if they were wiser then himself. No matter who he went to see and talk to he came to the same result, that each person was wise in their own fields while believing they know things on other subjects. To each person he tried to help by showing them, or humbling them as we would put it today, that they were not as wise as they believed....   [tags: innocent, defended, accusations] 536 words
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Socrates' Aim in "The Republic of Plato" - From the very beginning of The Republic of Plato it has been Socrates’ aim to prove to Adeimantus and Glaucon, why men lead just lives. In order to thoroughly explain his point of view as we now know Socrates went about setting up his city of thought. Through the formation of the city of thought we are first introduced to Socrates idea of what his ideally just city would be like and how it would be formed. We are from the formation of this completely just city introduced us to the minds of the “philosopher-kings” who are to be the rulers of Socrates’ city....   [tags: Philosophy] 932 words
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The Life and Works of Socrates - Socrates, a Greek philosopher and teacher, was born June 4th, 469 BC in Athens, lived his life in Athens, and died in May 7, 399 BC. Because Socrates never wrote anything of his own, there is little evidence of Socrates life. Everything the world knows about Socrates comes mainly from the works of Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, and Xenophon. These works are mostly dialogues, plays, and historians’ notes. It is in the works and dialogues of two main witnesses that the life of Socrates has mostly been constructed....   [tags: plato, greek philosopher, socratic method]
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Trials of Jesus and Socrates: A Comparison - The trial of Socrates in Athens is both similar and different from the trial of Jesus of Nazareth. The trials could be compared in three main areas: the evidence and reasons provided for their executions, their last messages to their accusers, and the two leaders’ thoughts about their impending deaths. For both figures, there is no evidence to support their convictions and they are convicted for similar reasons, though Jesus is given less time to defend himself. Both Jesus and Socrates warn their accusers that they will suffer for their actions....   [tags: History, Politics]
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The Secondhand Legacy of Socrates - Socrates was born around the year 469 B.C.E, and during his lifetime became one of the most well-known philosophers in the world. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, much of the information that is known about Socrates is secondhand; this is because he never wrote anything, unlike many of the other philosophers. The information known is most likely from the writings of his most famous student, Plato. The teachers of Socrates are unknown, although many believe he got his ideas from the teachings and doctrines of Anaxagoras and even Heraclitus....   [tags: philosopher, trial, gods] 579 words
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The Recordless: A Socrates Biography - “The philosopher Socrates remains, as he was in his lifetime, an enigma, an instructable individual who, despite having written nothing, is considered one of the handful of philosophers who forever changed how philosophy itself was to be conceived”(Nails). A great philosopher named Socrates once changed the very way man perceived nature. Socrates was a man that lived life to its fullest, from being a foot soldier, or hoplite, to freelancing around the town hall barefoot and smelly. Socrates, because he never wrote or recorded anything, is only known today from non-primary sources, and the majority of what we know is only from the second half of his life....   [tags: Greek phylosophers, ]
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Socrates: The Stubborn Seeker of Truth - Socrates: The Stubborn Seeker of Truth Socrates had one of the most critical minds in Greece. His personal thoughts and concepts influenced those of the different Athenians. He was a man of truth, who sought truth in others. He was a man who searched for wisdom, when the wisdom was already inside him, which he eventually saw. His beliefs about Athenians remained consistent, and he also thought Athenians were sheep, who were unable to do things on their own, and thus, needed shepherds. Socrates wanted everyone to step out from his or her personal comfort zones and achieve a higher view of life that was unique to each of them....   [tags: Biography] 723 words
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Socrates and Civil Obecience or Disobedience - Essay: A Discussion on whether or not I believe that Socrates’ views in the Crito contradict his views expressed in the Apology. My position: I am in disagreement with this statement and my analysis, based on contextual evidence, is as follows: Although I could argue the question posited above from either position, as many have done before and, as many will continue to do after me, I do not believe that Socrates waivers in his beliefs between the two accounts according to Plato. The contradiction, it seems, focuses on whether or not Socrates is a proponent of civil (dis)obedience, and the apparent conflict between the two works revolves around passages from the Apology, that seem t...   [tags: Crito, The Apology, Analysis]
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The Complicated Life of Socrates - Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher that was born in Athens, Greece around 470/469 BC. He served in the Athenian army and fought in many battles. When Socrates retired from fighting in the army, he began focusing on expressing his beliefs. He wasn’t the typical “teacher” or “preacher”; he was a very critical and analytical thinker that helped guide his students and the Athenians during his time. Through his teachings and beliefs, Socrates had positive and negative influence on the people during his time and modern time....   [tags: Biography, Greek Philosopher, Athens]
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Justice in The Republic by Socrates - In The Republic, Socrates tries to find the answer to a debatable question. What is justice. Throughout Book 1, he is given a couple of definitions that were at first incoherent to him and so he decided to clear them up by questioning Cephalus’s and his son Polemarchus’s definitions of “justice” . In Book 1, Socrates is about to leave from a religious festival when a group of men stopped him and convinced him to stay for the late night festivities. In the meantime, Socrates will be given a detour to Polemarchus’s home....   [tags: justice, truth, good] 519 words
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Socrates in The Apology, by Plato - Wisdom and Excellence In the Apology by Plato, Socrates made many bold and inspiring statements leading the reader to have to interpret it on their own terms. He stated, “I am likely to be wiser . . . to this small extent, that I do not think I know what I do not know” (21d). Later, Socrates went on to say, “I go around doing nothing but persuading both young and old among you not to care for your body or your wealth in preference to or as strongly as for the best possible state of your soul” (30a-b)....   [tags: Philosophy, Wisdom] 1109 words
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Socrates on The Dangers of Writing - In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates encounters Phaedrus who has just come from a conversation with Lysias. Phaedrus invites Socrates to walk with him and hear what he has learned from his conversation with Lysias. The two read and discuss Lysias’ speech, and then enter into a discussion on how one can become an expert in rhetorical speaking and on whether writing is beneficial and acceptable or the contrary. Socrates’ thoughts on the subjects of rhetoric and writing will be the main points of this paper....   [tags: philosophy, plato, phaedrus]
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The Philosophy of Socrates on Souls - ... Socrates concluded that focusing on fulfilling a wider scope of the world through knowledge of our souls was far more valuable than being limited to the study of the anatomical aspects of the universe. By gauging not only the palpable aspects of the world gives a greater understanding of which surrounds us. Socrates acknowledged the significance of this and, concluded that we must focus our study on the mind itself. However Socrates set on self-analysis it did not stop him from alienating himself from society....   [tags: observation, actions,values, purpose] 639 words
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Socrates - To question what no man has questioned before, that is a credo which we seemingly impose upon Socrates looking back upon his life. The philosopher Socrates is a commonly known inquisitive character, and is mainly known of because of his trial in 399 B.C.E. (2) But was Socrates really everything we know him as today. Or have the lines between the real Socrates and the Socrates of Aristophanes, Plato and Xenophon been so blurred that we do not know who the real man is. When one initially learns of Socrates through Plato one gets an upstanding view of the philosopher, while when viewing Socrates through the writings of Aristophanes one finds him a crude purveyor of the children....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Socrates Argument in the Crito - Introduction Socrates argues in the Crito that he shouldn't escape his death sentence because it isn't just. Crito is distressed by Socrates reasoning and wishes to convince him to escape since Crito and friends can provide the ransom the warden demands. If not for himself, Socrates should escape for the sake of his friends, sons, and those who benefit from his teaching. Socrates and Crito's argument proceeds from this point. As an aside, I would like to note that, though I believe that a further objection could be made to Socrates conclusions in “The Philosopher's Defense”, due to space considerations, I didn't write the fourth section “Failure of the Philosopher's Defense”....   [tags: Philosophy] 1099 words
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Socrates and Plato in Phaedo - Socrates a classical Greek philosopher and character of Plato’s book Phaedo, defines a philosopher as one who has the greatest desire of acquiring knowledge and does not fear death or the separation of the body from the soul but should welcome it. Even in his last days Socrates was in pursuit of knowledge, he presents theories to strengthen his argument that the soul is immortal. His attempts to argue his point can’t necessarily be considered as convincing evidence to support the existence of an immortal soul....   [tags: Classical Greek Philosopher, Literary Analysis]
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The Man Who Was Socrates - ... He mocks the suggestions of Meletos and others that they, so much younger, are better able to know what is good and what is bad in human beings. So when Socrates tells the court that he will never give way to another man on matters of principle or living convictions, he is telling the jury of five hundred of his fellow Athenians that he is willing to stand up to judgment and pay the price of his beliefs. As usual, Socrates defies his opponents to prove him wrong or to dissuade him from his opinions and beliefs....   [tags: ancient Greek Philosphers, The Apology, Plato]
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Socrates Method of Cross-Examine - ... Meletus says that it is worse to associate with wicked people, than virtuous people. Meletus reasoning was that wicked people would cause harm and misfortune to their associates. Socrates thinks Meletus’ answer in uncontroversial (The Apology 25c). Socrates argues that because associating with wicked people is harmful, he would not intentionally corrupt the Athenian youth (The Apology 25e-26a). Since Socrates would not intentionally corrupt the youth, he argues that the charge of him doing so is false....   [tags: benefit, justified, mission, skills] 1389 words
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Socrates’ Speech in Apology - Aristophanes’ Clouds, if read hastily, can be interpreted as a mindless satyr play written in 419 BCE. Yet the chorus warns the reader not to expect the play to have farcical ploys like “a hanging phallus stitched on” the actors to evoke a laugh, but has underlying seriousness as “she [the play] comes in trusting only her words” (Clouds 538-44). Even if the play does use some low devices, the play’s message is sophisticated and can be read as a warning to Socrates. Aristophanes is a “friendly critic” of Socrates and warns Socrates to change his ways for Athens and for the good of himself (Whidden)....   [tags: warnings, aristophanes, pheidippides] 968 words
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Philosophy: Socrates and The Divine Theory - Introduction The nature of morality is believed to have been heavily impacted by the enduring history of religion, yet philosophical conflict has arisen of over differing interpretations of Socrates question of whether ‘our moral virtues were designed as good by an omnipotent God, or whether they are good because God recognizes them as good.’ The argument stands on the presumed belief in the God of the bible, which results in a contradiction in the infinitely debatable question posed by Socrates....   [tags: god, bible, religion, interpretations] 1242 words
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Plato: A student of Socrates - A student of Socrates, a major western civilization influence, and an amazing philosopher, Plato was his name and he was one of the most influential persons in history. Plato was born in Greece in 427 BC and grew up in a wealthy and noble family. He became a philosopher when his teacher, and another great philosopher of Greece, Socrates, was tried and executed in 399 BC. Plato wrote a lot about Socrates in his works of ancient Greece. Plato helped form classical education, and we would not have a good basis for education in America and western civilization....   [tags: philosopher, student, Greece]
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Xenophon of Athens: Student of Socrates - Xenophon (Ischomachus) was born in Athens in 428 BC in fairly well off family of an Athenian knight, thus granting to him access to certain privileges of the aristocracy of Ancient Greece. Before his death, Xenophon was exiled from Athens, most likely because he fought under the Spartan king Agesilaus II against Athens at Coronea battle (However, there may have been conducing causes, such as his support for Socrates, as well as the fact that he had taken service with the Persians). His date of death is uncertain, however it is generally agreed today that he died in 354 BC....   [tags: ancient Greece philosophers] 862 words
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Socrates: A Great Philosopher - Socrates was a philosopher who taught many young minds. Socrates even taught Plato another great philosopher. This great philosopher lived in the fifth century B.C. Socrates was wrongly accused and sentenced to death, but his knowledge lives on. Socrates was born around 470 B.C. Socrates was born into a poor family. Socrates was born in a village on the side of Mount Lycabettus. His father was a sculptor who was excellent at his job. When he was old enough his father taught him how to be sculptor but his creations always came out less than acceptable in the eyes of the clients....   [tags: Biography]
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Socrates Changed Philosophy Forever - Socrates theories move away from the previous pre-Socratic philosophers mainly because his goal and answers he wanted were the meaning of mortality and society. Socrates was born in the Greek city of Athens in 470 BC. His mother Phaenarete was a well loved midwife and his father Sophroniscus was a stone mason by trade. It is said that Socrates married Xanthippe, a woman known for her shrewish demeanor. The couple went on and had three sons; Lamprocles, Sophroniscus and Menexenus. Many scholars believe that Socrates earned his living as a stone mason and then later on abandoned this trade to pursue enlightenment....   [tags: Philosophy ] 1199 words
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Socrates: A Great Philosopher - Socrates, Born 470 BC, a young yet noble Greek philosopher. Socrates was credited with laying out the principles of modern Western philosophy but was best known for Socratic Irony and the Socratic Method. He is best recognized for the innovation of pedagogy. This being, the teacher would question a student in which draws out the correct response upon the student. Plato was younger than Socrates. He was born 427 BC. Plato was also a Greek philosopher such as Socrates. He was greatly known for the first association of higher learning throughout the Western world....   [tags: irony, method, pedagogy, learning, students] 865 words
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Socrates and his Philosophy - Socrates and his Philosophy Socrates makes a profound impact in our minds through his wisdom, power of critical thinking, moral strength and intelligence. It is Plato who immortalizes Socrates in the popular imagination as a man of profound knowledge. Socrates’ effectiveness as a philosopher depended as much on the strength and interest of his personality as on the power of his mind. Socrates’ philosophy was based on discovering the truth, understanding moral life and talking about the elements that make up a good life....   [tags: Great Philosophers] 1756 words
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Socrates: Wise and Influential - Socrates: Wise and Influential Look into the eyes of the bust of Socrates and you can almost see what he saw in the universe. It looks as though his wisdom is unsurmountable, as he did believe himself to be the most brilliant man in the universe, while also knowing for sure: the only thing he knows is that he doesn’t know anything. Unlike the famous Kouros statues that were all alike and used for a certain purpose of a grave maker, or shrine to the gods, the portrait of Socrates shows depth and importance....   [tags: rendition, teaching, universe]
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Socrates' Fight for Justice - In Plato’s works Apology and Crito there is an attempt by Socrates to defend himself in court and defend his choice to receive the death penalty when found guilty. Although he makes very valid and strong arguments throughout one can only wonder why such a wise person would choose death over life. The following essay will analyze three quotes from Apology and Crito, find the correlation between them, and reveal any flaws that may exsist inside these arguments made by Socrates. In Plato’s Apology Socrates explains to the jury the reasons he should be found not guilty against his accused crimes....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Socrates' Pursuit of Wisdom - Philosophy can be defined as the pursuit of wisdom or the love of knowledge. Socrates, as one of the most well-known of the early philosophers, epitomizes the idea of a pursuer of wisdom as he travels about Athens searching for the true meaning of the word. Throughout Plato’s early writings, he and Socrates search for meanings of previously undefined concepts, such as truth, wisdom, and beauty. As Socrates is often used as a mouthpiece for Plato’s ideas about the world, one cannot be sure that they had the same agenda, but it seems as though they would both agree that dialogue was the best way to go about obtaining the definitions they sought....   [tags: Philosophy, Philosophical] 1155 words
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Socrates: The Most Integral - "As for me, all I know is that I know nothing" is a famous quote from Socrates, that describes him very well as the intelligent, humble person that he was. Socrates was born on 469 B.C. in Athens, Greece. He was well known throughout the world for his dialogues and the work of his followers and students such as Xenophon and Plato. He built the foundation for the Socratic Method as well as Socratic Irony. Although everything known about him is second-hand, and we do not have any of his philosophical writings, he is still known as one of the most important philosophers who changed the world....   [tags: method, irony, writings, philosophy, saint]
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Socrates Law vs. Morality - Introduction This essay will be discussing the distinction between the duty to obey the law and morals taking into consideration the trial of socrates within which this essay will be using as a vehicle to analyse the jurisprudential question as to why in a very modern constitutional democracy the citizen has a duty to obey the law. Socrates-Law vs Morality The trial of Socrates suggests that there are three possible bases for an ethical obligation to obey the law. First and foremost a citizen might have agreed to the law, that is, we might find that an express or implied agreement to conform exists....   [tags: obey, society, moral] 1268 words
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Personal Socrates. - In “Crito” by Plato, Socrates and Crito are having an intimate conversation about reasons why Socrates should escape. Socrates is charged on corrupting the minds of the youth in Athens. Crito, who is Socrates student and close friend, tries to persuade him to escape because he did not believe Socrates committed any actual crime. Socrates believes that if the government is punishing him because he broke a commandment; then he did perhaps break a law. Socrates saw the law being a general father figure for society....   [tags: Crito, Plate, Philosophy] 1192 words
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The Trial of Socrates - Socrates was accused of being a sophist because he was "engaging in inquiries into things beneath the earth and in the heavens, of making the weaker argument appear the stronger," and "teaching others these same things." (Apology, Plato, Philosophic Classics page 21) Socrates is also accused of denying the existence of the gods, and corrupting the youth. Socrates goes about trying to prove his innocence. The jury that Socrates was tried by was made up of 501 Athenian citizens of all classes of society....   [tags: World Literature] 668 words
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Censorship, Socrates, and 1984 - Death, it is the simplest solution to stop unwanted dreams, ideas or thoughts. Even though thoughts and ideas are meant to be the most personal of properties there are, have and will be entities that will silence those any undesirable ideas by any mean necessary. Death appears to be a harsh and unnecessary word but that is what censorship is, death of ideas that come from dreams to create new realities. Although an example of a child might seem unsolicited yet a child can in their short knowledge of how the world works, see the evils of not allowing certain books to be read for fear of what their ideas could bring....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Dreams, Ideas, Thoughts]
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Socrates' Trial - In Plato’s: The Apology Socrates was charged and put on trial for impiety, as well as accused of committing many other crimes. I will first explain the most important issues of why Socrates was sent to death. Then I will argue the position that Socrates is innocent, and should not be have been found guilty. To introduce, Socrates was placed on trial and charged with the crime of impiety. Impiety is the lack of reverence for the gods and other sacred things. As well another major claim was that Socrates was corrupting the children of Athens....   [tags: Greek Literature] 798 words
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The Trial of Socrates - The Trial of Socrates The trial of Socrates is an excellent source of events during the period in which Socrates lived and died. Athens was a democratic city with much pride in their freedom. Especially their freedom of speech. Socrates was a political philosopher who did not agree with these freedoms provided by the Athenic democracy. However, it is his trial in which both the democracy of Athens and Socrates himself show their hypocrisy. It is this hypocrisy that makes the trial and death of Socrates quite ironic....   [tags: Papers] 1058 words
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The Innocence of Socrates - The Innocence of Socrates The goals of this paper will be to explore the death of Socrates and to support the thesis that the jury at Socrates' trial was not justified in its decision to sentence him to death. One of the major charges against Socrates in his trial was that of "impiety." This allegation specifically referred to Socrates' neglect of the accepted public gods of the city and introducing new gods. "Neglecting the public gods" may have referred to Socrates' individualistic optimism when regarding their nature....   [tags: essays research papers] 701 words
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The Death of Socrates - The Death of Socrates "Crito, you and other people who claimed to be friends to Socrates are all useless. How could you have been so cowardly, or lazy, or stingy, as to allow you 'friend' to die. Surely, with a little courage, energy, and money, you could have saved him." Those are strong accusations coming from someone who obviously did not know Socrates as well as his other students or me. Although, I expected that people would react this way to my actions, or lack of actions, regarding Socrates death....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 393 words
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Socrates and the Sophists - How would you feel if someone called you a sophist. Before you answer, it's important to know how the meaning of this word has evolved. "During the fifth century, sophists were teachers, speakers, and philosophers who were paid to use rhetoric (Mardner 1)." But many people opposed their style of teaching. Socrates was a philosopher who disagreed with the Sophist's point-of-view. The main differences between the Sophist and Socrates were their views on absolute truth. "The sophist believed that there was no absolute truth and that truth was what one believed it to be (Porter 1)." Sophists were not teachers of truth but teachers of thought....   [tags: World Literature] 675 words
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Socrates´ Death - In 399 BC, Socrates, the great philosopher in ancient Greece, was put to death under the hands of his Athenian fellow-citizens to whom he had a strong attachment, after a final vote with over two-thirds of jurymen against him. We cannot experience the situation where Socrates gave his final argument in the court of law. From Plato’s Apology, we admire Socrates’ brilliant rhetoric and rigorous logic, while at the same time feel pity for him and indignant with those ruthless jurymen. However, the question of what exactly caused his death and why was Socrates, such a remarkable thinker sentenced to death in the very society that valued democracy the most is not easy and straightforward to answ...   [tags: Athens, juridical system, Athenian society]
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The Wisdom of Socrates - Socrates was one of the first true intellectuals in human history. The societal conventions of his time condemned intellectual enlightenment. They viewed secular knowledge as an obstruction of the path to spiritual enlightenment which was far superior to any intellectual exploits. Socrates was a revolutionary thinker in that he recognized the benefits and importance of studying temporal elements instead of devoting his life to religion. In the eyes of his contemporaries, Socrates' blatant defiance of tradition and religion as the sole importance of life and thought was so unorthodox that it was punishable by death....   [tags: Philosophy] 852 words
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The Trail of Socrates and the development of Western Philosophy - THESIS STATEMENT Socrates was accused of corrupting the youth of Athens and sentenced to die for his beliefs. He accepted this punishment because he truly thought what he believed was right. PURPOSE STATEMENT By conducting research and examining various sources, The trail of Socrates proved to be an important part in history, impacting the development of Western Philosophy and allowing the beliefs of Socrates to live on to this day. INTRODUCTION “The death of Socrates has had a huge and almost continuous impact on western culture” (Wilson 1)....   [tags: Philosophy, Athens] 1867 words
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Socrates's Kallipolis - “If you are willing, let’s first find out what sort of thing justice is in cities, and afterward look for it in the individual, to see if the larger entity is similar in form to the smaller one” (Republic 368e8-369a2). This idea that there will be more justice in a city as compared to a single person sets Socrates off on an extended tangent trying to create the just city, Kalliⲑpolis. Theoretically, he was making a utopian society. By utopia, I mean that the city possesses perfect elements, or more simply put, there would be no better city....   [tags: Dystopia, Society, Analysis]
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The Stoics and Socrates - The Stoics and Socrates The question of the reality of the soul and its distinction from the body is among the most important problems of philosophy, for with it is bound up the doctrine of a future life. The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and will, and by which our bodies are animated. The term "mind" usually denotes this principle as the subject of our conscious states, while "soul" denotes the source of our vegetative activities as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 1413 words
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Don't Be Afraid to Die in Socrates' Phaedo - ... When one looks at Socrates death as an act of martyrdom, he does not undermine what he said. In fact, he exemplifies everything he said by drinking the poison early. Socrates is a martyr because a martyr is defined as someone who takes his or her own life for the sake of someone else. Socrates displays martyrdom because he died for the sake of his friends. Socrates dies for the sake of his friends in order to show them that they should not fear death. He explains to his friends, throughout Phaedo that the soul is immortal, and he uses logical arguments to prove that it’s true....   [tags: immortal, suicide, soul]
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Socrates and Crito: Teaching Morals and Honor - Socrates was a one of the first philosophers and teachers known to Western philosophy. He lived in Athens Greece from 470 – 399 B.C. and is studied to this day because of his insights and understanding of the way people should live. Towards the end of his life, Socrates was accused of a myriad of crimes including criminal meddling and the corruption of the minds of the young. Eventually, Socrates was found guilty of his crimes and shortly after he was condemned to death. During the time of his incarceration, he was visited by a friend known as Crito to discuss the matter of his death in addition to the proposal of escape from prison....   [tags: crito, philosopher, criminal meddling]
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Comparison of Socrates and Siddhartha Guatama Buddha - Socrates and Siddhartha Guatama Buddha have many similarities; they both believe in the importance of justice and good, and a simpler way of life. However, they have different goals: Socrates concerns with worldly meanings and codes, he deals with truth and morals. Buddha concerns with attaining the outer-worldly through mastering the worldly. Socrates relinquishes sensual desires in hopes of spiritual rebirth after death and achieving enlightenment in life. Buddha relinquishes the same ideas, but in hopes of living an enlightened life on earth....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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