Socrates on Trial Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at the defense used by Socrates for his trial.
# 146241 | 1,407 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2010 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Ethics (General)

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This paper describes how Socrates prepared his defense arguments for the Senate following his accusation of impiety. According to the paper, Socrates sets out to show that his actions are the actions of a very pious man with pious thoughts, deeds and actions, at least according to the definition of piety in that day. It also shows how his tactics included presenting his chief witness, Euthyphro, as a pious man who will be respected in the courts and judged as a theologian who knows of what he speaks. The paper also describes Socrates' argument of the difference between what is good and what is evil, what is pious and what is impious. The paper concludes by stating that some of Socrates' arguments were confused and unclear, especially that regarding fear and reverence.

From the Paper:

" The setting is set for Socrates to plunge into his main argument, the difference between what is good and what is evil, what is pious and what is impious. He has now manipulated the theologian into presenting evidence that shows that not even a man of the cloth can truly define those who are pious, and those that are not. Socrates now proceeds to ask Euthyphro to define 'what is good' or to show the difference(s) between piety and impiety, but he wants Euthyphro to provide the definition within certain constraints. Socrates supplies Euthyphro with certain definitions or parameters that they both can agree to, then proceeds to demonstrate that the parameters still do not answer the question."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1094a. Eastern Orthodox Fr. Life of the World (Crestwood, NY: SVS, 1973), 14.

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