I’m working on a philosophy discussion question and need an explanation to help me learn.
Respond back to these two responses , minimum 100 words:
For this week’s discussion I will be cover the third topic. Why did Socrates not go back on his values or morals in order to avoid the death sentence? This is something that varies person to person, however my opinion is that if you have set values then you must stick to them. Especially if you are trying to teach others to do the same. A person is only as good as their word. I believe that if Socrates would of went back on his word, then he would of being showing that the things he taught were not that important. In my opinion your values and ethics are only as strong as you say when they are tested. Socrates was tested when he was given the choice between life or death one of the biggest things he could hear, and still stuck to his values. Socrates wanted to stick to his values in order to teach the people of that time that there was a difference between right and wrong. Plato was his best student and he believed he would not be a great teacher if he back down and admitted ruining the youth of Athens. A person can not believe in you if you do not believe in yourself, this is what sticking to your word means to me. If someone believed that Socrates was teaching the youth of Athens the right way, then he takes it all back and does not get the death penalty, the people that had faith in him would see it as he did not believe in himself.
During Socrates’ “apology” he truly decided to stand by his own morals, teachings, and beliefs. The same reasons why he did chose to accept the punishment divvied out by the courts. Socrates was true to himself and others by questioning the courts throughout the his hearing; making them question themselves also in turn offering him the opportunity to flee and live in exile with no other repercussions. Questioning colleagues around him constantly is what ultimately led to his demise, even though he was truly seeking knowledge and attempting to broaden their horizons through questioning; attempting to examine their lives through their experiences, views, and knowledge. He drew upon his own wisdom and what he felt was right through his own questioning to accept his fate.
I believe Socrates did this to possibly show the flaws with the ways society was going. He did not only show it in front of the courts by questioning his own accuser as to why he did not pull him aside and tell him that his teachings were “wrong” and did not admonish him on the spot, but instead took him in front of a court for a direct punishment without the ability to change his ways. By not pleading for a lesser sentence he directly stood fast by his own morals and hoped that the youth he was “corrupting” would understand that you have the ability to question the politics, opinions, religions, and everything around you to seek the absolute truth.