Socrates' Apology

Socrates' Apology - Apology I disagree with Socrates view...

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Apology I disagree with Socrates’ view that a person should do what is right even if it costs him his life. Although the thought of doing what is right is noble and heroic, it is not realistic. Most people in real life don’t put their lives on the line for their ideals or beliefs. People would like to think that they would risk their lives for what is right, but if actually faced with such a situation I doubt they would have as much conviction. People have an idea in their minds of how they would or, more accurately would like to, act in a life- threatening situation, but they can’t possibly live up to this fantasy version of themselves that they have created in their heads. And I don’t think that people should have to. If someone doesn’t risk his or her own life to try and save the life of someone else, that person shouldn’t be labeled as a “coward.” That person should be consoled for having been in such a situation. It isn’t fair to judge someone in a life-threatening situation because life is such a sacred thing and people have the right to protect their life even if it means not doing the “right” thing. I also think that the idea of doing what is “right” is vague. Each person can have a different definition of what is right. For example, if a building was on fire and a family’s pet dog and pet cat were trapped inside, would risking your life to save them be the right
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2008 for the course PHIL 150 taught by Professor Satterfield during the Spring '08 term at St. Xavier.

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