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26 de novembro de 2017

Notes on the “Apology of Socrates”.

Filed under: Livros, Passatempos, Saúde e bem-estar — Tags:, , — Yure @ 11:03

“Apology of Socrates” was written by Platão. Below are some statements made in that text. They aren’t quotations, but paraphrases, and may not reflect what I think about the subject.

  1. Sócrates used to strengthen the weaker opinions, showing the truth in unpopular thoughts.
  2. Comedians may end up spreading lies.
  3. If Sócrates acted like everyone else, he wouldn’t be condemned.
  4. Sócrates was wise because he knew about his ignorance and confessed it.
  5. Poets speak on inspiration, not on wisdom.
  6. An expert in something shouldn’t pretend to be expert in other things just because he does a good job in his field of choice.
  7. Sócrates was condemned for speaking the truth, but that reason for condemnation wasn’t clearly voiced; the accusers needed to make up some excuse to condemn him.
  8. Don’t accuse someone of not knowing what’s good for the youth when you also don’t know what’s good for the youth.
  9. A person who offended the law by mistake is worth being instructed, not punished.
  10. If you believe in other gods, then you are not atheist: atheism is to not believe in any god, not a specific one.
  11. False accusations only reveal hate towards a good person.
  12. No one knows exactly what happens when you die, but everyone flees from death as it was the worst thing possible.
  13. If you teach good things to a person, you aren’t corrupting them.
  14. Better to be unfairly demonized than unfairly demonizing someone.
  15. Sócrates didn’t beg for mercy.
  16. The condemnation of an old man, specially without proof, would bring shame to Athens later on.
  17. Cling to dignity even when about to die.
  18. Death is either a long sleep or a migration to another place, so it can’t be so bad.
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