Socrates: The Theory of Death
PHI/105 Introduction to Philosophy
June 12, 2014
Socrates had valid reasons to not fear death at any point. He says, "Whether life or death is better is known to God, and God only" (Marilyn Adamson, 2014). Since God has not told Socrates which is better, he decides that what the Athenians believe will suffice the theory of death. When Crito put his thoughts out that Socrates escapes and avoid death, Socrates asks Crito if the Athenians hold to living well, honourably and justly (Sparknotes.com, 2014). Crito replies, “They do and Socrates explains it is not just for him to escape from being behind bars, or prison, and he must carry out his promises made so he does not hurt the Athenian people. He wants to teach them an example and that he cares far more for living an honorable life as part of the community, than setting a bad example and doing the memebers of the community an injustice by not abiding by their laws. Socrates' personal reasons for not fearing death are reasonable and moral. Only a person who follows the laws of the community with such committment could be so fearless in the face of death.
Socrates does not even worry about the world losing a great person when he passes on. He only has concerns for the overall care of Athens. Socrates is a very honorable man in giving up...