PS 4 lecture 10 - 1 2 3 4 I am that gadfly which god has given the state Even a splendid polity like Athens needs an irritant to stay awake Mill Truth

PS 4 lecture 10 - 1 2 3 4 I am that gadfly which god has...

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1. “I am that gadfly which god has given the state…" Even a splendid polity like Athens needs an irritant to stay awake Mill: Truth needs to be agitated to stay alive The best state needs a questioner Philosophical questioning is essential to the state Arguing that the critique has a vital political role p. 32 switches to family metaphor I have come to you like a father Trying to counter that politics is dominated by power and self-interest with his questions Positions himself as a citizen who is devoted to Athens The loyal critique 2. Love, obligation, freedom: from Apology to Crito Charges against him rooted in the public’s annoyance at his critiques Committed to Athens and willing to be put to death for his care of Athenians General controls army // God controls Socrates Problem if this God is different from the god of Athens Willing to die creates a tension between his freedom to follow his calling and his political submission
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