What Is The Theme Of Death In The Apology Of Socrates

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As Socrates is being put on trial, a young philosopher, Plato documents him trying to defend himself to Athens. Socrates is defending both his name and philosophy in the court room. One theme that seems to occur throughout the Apology of Socrates is that death is something to look forward to, not something to fear. Socrates is more than willing to die for what he loves, philosophizing, and has a first-hand account with the Delphic Oracle telling him that philosophy is the right thing to do. Even though the court tries to accuse Socrates of not believing in God or religion, Socrates demonstrates through his words that he does believe in something higher and afterlife. Also, the Socrates demonstrates through his actions and beliefs that religion…show more content…
From the beginning of his life, Socrates had always lived a life looking for the truth in things. In this account Socrates’ companion, Chaerephon, goes to the Delphi to ask the oracle a question. He asks, who is wiser than Socrates? And the answer that was given was that Socrates is the wisest. It was believed in ancient times that a God came down from the heavens and gave answers to mortals through the oracle. This claim that Socrates is the wisest baffled Socrates and caused him to go on a life long journey to try to figure out if the Gods were actually right. The court tries to argue that this journey was Socrates’ way of trying to prove the Gods wrong and ultimately use that as Socrates doesn’t believe in the God if he is trying to prove him wrong. But in reality, Socrates was doing the exact opposite. He never had a doubt that about the Gods sincerity. But to figure what the oracle meant he had to test his way of life against other groups of people that have been said to be wise. His journey wasn’t to prove the Gods wrong but to figure out what it truly means to be wise. Socrates takes the court through his journey by explaining all three accounts of Athens’ “wisest”…show more content…
First, he went to the politicians. Athens connected power to being wise. In Athens’ eyes, politicians are wise because of their power and persuasive speech. After talking to some politicians and figuring out their actual knowledge; he came to a conclusion. Socrates figured out that politician’s think highly of themselves and are actually lacking wisdom. The politicians preach things that they actually have no knowledge on. Wisdom is being able to recognize one’s ignorance towards something. This is the exact opposite of what the politicians do. They portray that they are wise and all knowing but actually they aren’t. Socrates believes that only the Gods are perfect and all knowing. This made Socrates come to the conclusion that wisdom is not power. The second group, he visits is the poets. Poets work shows the ideal on how to live and gives us our ideas on heroes/villains. Poets show the people the insight on how to live life. But ultimately wisdom isn’t fame or popularity. The poets seem to show wisdom in their work but really they don’t understand their own work. Also, poets seem to think that since they have knowledge in their field, then they must also have knowledge in other areas as well. When in actuality they don’t know what they are talking about. The third group was the craftsmen and technicians. Socrates finds out that this group indeed knows things that he doesn’t which makes them somewhat wiser

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