Classical Origins Paper

Classical Origins Paper - In the Nicomachean Ethics...

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In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle states that virtue is a state of character in which an individual by a habit of choice follows the principle of reason to do deeds, which reflect the wise man. Of the major figures that have been discussed this semester, both Socrates and Antigone are true followers of the way of virtue. In Plato’s Apology Socrates is brought to trial before the citizens of Athens, accused of not recognizing the gods that are recognized by the state, inventing new deities, and corrupting the youth of Athens with his teachings. Other complaints against Socrates criticize him for charging a fee for his corrupt teachings. Socrates defends himself, first explaining that he (believes in supernatural beings with physical explanations and philosophy). He also denies that he has ever charged a fee for his teachings. Throughout the trial, Socrates proves himself to be wise. When Socrates calls on Meletus, his main accuser, he questions his virtue and proves that his accusations about Socrates that he is an atheist and invents new gods contradict themselves. In his closing, Socrates points out that the children of Athens he has supposedly corrupted are upstanding citizens who still stand by him. He also makes the point that not even the parents of these children will testify that Socrates has corrupted them. Even
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course ELNA ELNA taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Manhattan College.

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