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1. Antigone v Socrates Essay

1. Antigone v Socrates Essay - Potter Hing Potter Tyler...

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Potter Hing Potter Tyler Rayne Political Science 141: Human Situation 2/14/2011 Socrates: A Great Threat It can be safely assumed that Socrates was a martyr of his time. Arguably the greatest Greek philosopher, if not the greatest of ancient times, Socrates was ultimately imposed with two charges, put on trial for them and sentenced to death. The city-state of Athens felt Socrates a threat to the order and stability of the city due to the crimes he is charged with. In comparison to Antigone, Socrates was in fact a greater threat to the city of Athens as a philosopher and educator, therefore justifying the end means of a death sentence. We will exam the justifications in Plato’s The Apology of Socrates versus the self-titled story Antigone, of someone who also defied city laws, to conclude that Athens was in the right to impose such a penalty. Both Antigone and Socrates represent the interest of the individual over the community. Against Thebes’ law, Antigone wishes to bury her deceased brother who just fought in a battle against Thebes. Kreon, the king, finds that burying a traitor of the city is unacceptable, and if Antigone is to defy the law, her sentence will be death (Antigone 19). Similarly, Socrates shows interest of his personal ideologies over that of the city of Athens. Socrates says he would rather continue to practice his philosophical ways rather than be acquitted and required to stop his practices, suggesting that his own understandings of virtue are great than that of the city. In the “ Apology of Socrates,” Socrates is charged with investigating the things under the earth and the heavens, as well as making the weaker speech the stronger; for ultimately being a natural scientist (19c). He is also accused of “injustice by corrupting the young, and by not
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Potter believing in the gods in whom the city believes” (24b). Athens felt that Socrates was hurting the city and possibly an atheist. Both Antigone and Socrates represent the challenges of uprising, individual beliefs and possible destruction of their respective cities in each case. Both had their personal agendas to make sure that they were able to conduct their business without hindrance. As Antigone defied the law of Thebes, she felt compelled to do so because of her love for her family, over her love for the community. Therefore she buries her “traitor” brother and justifies it as she speaks with
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