The Trial and Condemnation of Socrates Analytical Essay by Metro

A look at the law as seen in the trial and condemnation of Socrates.
# 150375 | 1,769 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2012 | NZ
Published on Feb 05, 2012 in History (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Law (General)

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This paper examines the trial and condemnation of Socrates, further showing how even today it is relevant for understanding the nature of justice and its relationship with the law. In particular, the paper quotes from Plato's "Republic" to show Socrates' beliefs about justice at the time of the trial. Additionally, the paper summarizes these dialogues in the statement that justice and laws are designed to be harmonious and work together, and they are to be followed no matter what injustice has occurred for otherwise society would fall into destruction. The paper includes a lengthy philosophical discussion about justice. The paper concludes with the caveat that justice and the law do not always work in harmony.

From the Paper:

"In order for one to understand what the trial and condemnation of Socrates has to teach us about the nature of justice and its relationship with the law, one must first understand what is meant by the terms "justice and "law . These are two separate things, and it is impossible for them to be one whole concept in itself; the law as we know it is not always just, therefore justice and the law are different. However, despite their difference, the two form a relationship with each other for the good and survival of our society. Justice is a universal goal which all societies should strive towards for their citizens, and the law is the process by which that goal can be achieved. As it will be explained further, upon analysis of Plato s "Republic", we can never truly know what pure justice is, we can see examples of it, but we still are unable to know what it actually is. This is where the law comes in, for it is the laws role to attempt to help society reach its goal of justice for all. It is this relationship between justice and the law which is ever present in the trial and condemnation of Socrates."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo On Free Choice of the Will, translated by Thomas Williams (Hackett Publishing Company, Inc, Indianapolis, 1993)
  • Plato The Last Days of Socrates (ed. 5, Penguin Books Ltd, London 2003)
  • Plato Republic translated by Benjamin Jowett (Barnes & Noble Classics, New York, 2004)

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