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Should Socrates Have Taken His Death Sentence?

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Socrates was a great Greek philosopher whose ideas and teaching methods are still known and used even until this day. He was born around 470 B.C., in Athens and was a stonecutter and Athenian soldier before he became a teacher. He first learned his father's art, but later dedicated himself to thought and to philosophic teaching without compensation, in spite of his destitution. He was one who questioned all the generally accepted ideas of Athens but demanded standards of truth and reason.Socrates instructed by what is now known as the "Socratic method". He educated his students not by memorization but by asking questions. He advised the population to find their own answers to their questions ...view middle of the document...

If he lived and escaped somewhere else, he might have faced a far worse death. Most citizens in Athens did not approve of his teachings and there was a very high chance that he would not have had survived long. By dying then, and drinking the hemlock, he would not have to endure more unnecessary pain.Socrates was already seventy years old when he was put on trial. By our standard, that was quite old, in Athenian timers, he was already way past his due date. Eventually, he was going to die and in all likelihood, sooner. By dying in front of the population of Athens, he was defending his work and going for his cause. His followers already had an escape plan ready for him to leave any moment. Socrates refused, however, declaring that he did not wish to fail at any cost in obedience to his country's laws.I think that Socrates made the correct decision in the end. I think the main reason he was correct was that he was defending his work. By dying for his teachings and what he believed in, he was sending out the message that he was justified. If he had taken the other way, the easy way out and escaped, Socrates would have had seemed like a hypocrite. The public were more likely to follow his teachings because he felt so strongly about them. He probably even gained more followers by...

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