Exam 1 - Jacob Jessen PHIL 111 Exam 1 Both Socrates and...

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Jacob Jessen PHIL 111 Exam 1 Both Socrates and Martin Luther King Jr. can be seen as living as parrhesiastes and in a philosophical manner. Both individuals pursued justice and truth in their lives and aimed at spreading this just behavior to others. Justice is the act of pursing just behavior and doing what is right. Socrates concentrates on gaining wisdom and doing right in his life by spreading the truth. This way of life is seen when Socrates states, “Concentrate your attention on whether what I say is just or not” (“Apology”:17c-18a). These words are spoken as a part of Socrates’ defense when on trial. Socrates believes in speaking the truth frankly even in the face of danger or death. The truth is used by Socrates and Martin Luther King Jr. to promote the well-being of their individual societies and its people. In Socrates’ opinion, justice is pursuing rational thought and doing right in one’s life and the life of others. Similarly in King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” he defines justice as something that is morally right. Injustice would be the act of doing wrong to another or one’s country. Examples of injustice can include doing harm to another according to Socrates or not treating others as you want to be treated according to Mr. King. A just action is one that is morally right and promotes the well-being of others and the prosperity of the country. Acting justly means always doing what an individual knows to be right in their mind. Socrates knew that he was right in providing truthful criticism to his fellow Athenians in an attempt to promote well-being around him. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that he was right in his attempts to end segregation and promote
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Exam 1 - Jacob Jessen PHIL 111 Exam 1 Both Socrates and...

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