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Unformatted text preview: Andy Lee In Plato’s Apology Socrates states “For I go around doing nothing but persuading both young and old among you not to care for your body or your wealth in preference to or as strongly as for the best possible state of your soul…”. In this statement Socrates is trying to emphasize the importance of having a healthy soul. As noted in Plato’s Crito , when Crito attempts to break Socrates out of jail, Socrates acknowledges this topic by weighing if it is worth breaking the laws and living in exile, which would corrupt his soul, with obeying the laws and sentence against him, and having the state put him to death. I try, and have always tried, to follow the general idea of Socrates’ statement. As Bob Dylan said “Not for fear of the wrath of hell or for the reward of heaven”, but to be a good person—or have a healthy soul as Socrates would say. I don’t know if I believe in a soul, but for this papers sake I’ll consider having a healthy soul to mean living life the...
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2009 for the course PHIL 1101 taught by Professor Wax during the Spring '09 term at Minnesota.
- Spring '09