Socrates - Andrew Cook Philosophy 230 January 23, 2008...

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Andrew Cook Philosophy 230 January 23, 2008 Prof. Holmgren First Paper – The Apology and Crito Socrates, in his last days of life, is faced with the moral decision to oppose his unjust conviction of corrupting the youth and worshiping the wrong Gods or to accept his punishment and die. Socrates’ followers were able to bribe the guards to let Socrates free but as Plato describes in his writings, Socrates chooses to stay within the confinement and be led to his death. He states that death would free him from the disadvantages that old age inflicts the body with. Also, death would allow his soul to be free from his body, which he is very accepting of when he says, "Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius.” Asclepius is the God of curing illness and Socrates saying this believes that his cure is the release of his soul from his body. He is willing to accept the punishment and has no fear of death, which he believes no philosopher should have. Socrates acceptance of his sentence shows his commitment to the laws of
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