Socartes Life Mission In Plato's Apology

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Through Plato’s ‘Apology’ we are given an exhaustive account of Socartes’ life’s mission, the reading is an extensive outlook on Socartes’ view on what it is to live life with purpose and meaning. Through Plato’s account we can examine Socartes’ ethics and investigate the relatability of these ethics in this generation’s society, and whether or not his views may still inspire us today. In this essay I will account for Socartes’ life mission as stated in Plato’s ‘The Apology, subsequently I shall comment on whether I believe this mission might still inspire us today. ‘’I was attached to this city by the god—though it seems a ridiculous thing to say—as upon a great and noble horse which was somewhat sluggish because of its size and needed to be stirred up by a kind of gadfly. It is to fulfil some such function that I believe the god has placed me in the city.’’(Socartes, 31a). Through this quote it is evident that Socartes believed it was his life mission to stimulate the minds of the Athenians, not only this but he felt he was assigned to his city in order to fulfil the life mission designated to him by the Oracle. In the quote Socartes compares himself to a Gadfly in order to portray the nature of his mission, he seeks to awaken the ‘’sluggish’’ into…show more content…
Socartes also aimed to extend the desire to purify the soul and to question life to others, he believed that life was fulfilled only when it was examined ‘’for the unexamined life is not worth living.’’(Socartes’, 38a), he believed that a purer soul cohered with a better life and shunned the need for external commodities. In essence Socartes’ main mission in life was to question other’s in order to allow them to question themselves and in doing so, seeking purer souls. Therefore, through his life missions it is evident that Socartes was a true philosopher, this account of Socartes’ life proves his devotion to

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