Socrates View On Death In The Apology

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This paper will describe Socrates’ view on death in the Apology. It will discuss the reasons not to fear death. The basis of these ideas will be the text of the Apology. Furthermore, these reasons will be evaluated on a personal level. Overall, this paper will argue that Socrates’ views on death are unsound and may not be realistic. In the Apology, as Socrates is condemned to death, he lays out three reasons not to fear it. One reason presented by the Greek philosopher is that the fear of death is unwise because “no one knows whether death be not even the greatest of all blessings to man” (29a). This means that since death is something that man does not know anything about, then it would be very illogical for him to be worried about it. Although I agree that death is unknown to all men, I personally believed that there is a clear reason to fear the unknown. Just because death is unknown it does not necessarily mean that it is a greatest of all blessings, when it could in fact be the greatest of all evils or a feeling of terror for all people who have died. After all, nobody knows…show more content…
Socrates further states that “to converse and associate with [famous dead men and women] and examine them would be immeasurable happiness” (41c). First of all, the happiness that is to be measured is basically an abstract and is significantly dependent on personal standards. If Socrates finds it happy and interesting to convene with Odysseus and Sisyphus, then he cannot assume that everyone else would have the same intentions. Therefore, happiness isn’t guaranteed to anyone that is dead or will die. Although, being immune to death might allow most dead people to be logically happy, however not happy for a long time in a place surrounded by the dead. This reason is actually far from

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