His long time friend Crito proposes to Socrates a plan to escape from his death sentence in prison. Crito and Socrates argue the issue of escape with Socrates deciding on accepting his sentence. I feel that in light of his beliefs Socrates was ethically correct in refusing to escape from prison. It was important to Socrates that he have good reasons not only to motivate but also to justify his actions. Socrates was concerned that his actions not only be good, but be just and noble as well.
Fo... ... middle of paper ... ...y, but one can be happy and not receive virtue. The last step is happiness yielding the good life. To have the good life, one has to achieve all of the previous steps. Socrates said, “…that a good man cannot be harmed either in life or in death” (41d). To explain that, Socrates is saying that one should not fear death if they are a “good” person because they will not be harmed; the person will live the good life of happiness and they will be rewarded by the gods after death.
Socrates believed in many things; for example, believing in the after life, and not fixing injustice with additional injustice. Socrates had a strong belief in the after life; therefore, he was not terrified of dying, while Crito was frightened by the idea. Socrates said a man his age should not be afraid of dying, but Crito disagreed, he said many men are troubled at the idea of dying and would take the opportunity to escape if they were in his place. Socrates was not concern for... ... middle of paper ... ...im, but against him. In conclusion, I believe that it is blaspheme that Socrates is accused of corrupting Athenian’s children’s mind.
Socrates says that a Philosopher should welcome death, though it is not right to commit suicide. “Then Evenus will be willing, like every man who partakes worthily of philosophy. Yet perhaps he will take his own life, for that, they say, is not right.” (Plato, 61c-61d). Basically, Socrates explains that we are part of the God’s plans and should not deem harm upon ourselves. Socrates also explains to Cebes that we are servants to Gods and should be happy to be their servants and show gratitude for being so.
“Why should I offer to live in a prison, slaving away...” (13) is during a part where he is almost ranting about his pride and his punishment. Socrates could very easily suggest a punishment such as this, but he is of old age and will meet his end soon regardless. It makes no sense to cause extra pain for himself in order to attempt to prolong his death. In a later paragraph he says that, “...nothing evil can befall a good person either in life or in death; and the god will not neglect his or her fate” (22). Socrates has been very careful not to harm anyone and to try and keep his name clear of actual crimes.
It does not make sense for him to live with a soul that is corrupted. Socrates is a very convincing speaker and philosopher because of all the good arguments he brings forth to the table revolving around his idea of living life justly. A big reason he did the right thing by not escaping is because and unjust act should not be done to repay an unjust act. He says “If we ought never to act unjustly at all, ought we to repay injustice with injustice, as the multitude thinks we may?” to help solidify his argument... ... middle of paper ... ...life; it was to not escape jail. This was the right decision even though it was to cost him his life.
I would rather listen to someone wise than go to someone with lesser knowledge for a cheaper amount. Also, Socrates’s claim is justified because of one of his arguments he presents in the dialogue. He states that taking part in an unacceptable action can ruin your soul and life is not worth living if it means having a ruined soul. Therefore; Socrates is saying he would rather die than live a dull life. Socrates believed that feeling pure inside was far more important than lying, cheating, and guilting his way out.
The first is said to be appetite (which desires without reason) and reason (which considers the consequences). Reason may thus work against anything that is not for the total good of the man. Plato holds that if the desire were truly for a good drink, reason would never oppose it. Our usage of the word good, however, has come to denote an expectation of usefulness to our purpose; although this may be relative to the end result that we experience from the object. For example, we call a knife good because it is sharp and cuts well but if the end result is that we cut ourselves, we would say that the knife would have been better if it
Socrates makes a counter argument as to why he should stay and abide by his sentencing. Socrates poorly argues that he should abide by the sentencing of the Athenian jury because of his distaste for injustice, his happiness with Athens, and an agreement made at the voting age with the Law. Socrates claims that just acts contribute to the health of the soul, while unjust acts contribute to the corruption of the soul (Plato 50). Injustice should never be committed since a life with a corrupted soul is not worth living (Plato 50). Therefore, you should never act with injustice, not even for revenge (Plato 52).
Crito brings up how people would think of him because he wouldn’t spend his money to get his friend out of jail. Socrates goes on to nullify this argument by saying that opinions of the populace doesn’t matter, only the opinion of the authority should be taken into consideration. Socrates also says that he shouldn’t mind dying considering he had a long and full life. He goes on to point out that, the point of living is not to live long but to live well. Moreover, that to live well, one has to live honorably.