Re: Plato's apology and WC
- As usual, Yahoo has rammed the punctuation into my link. Here it is again:
--- In email@example.com, "ted.wrinch" <ted.wrinch@...> wrote:
> I have just finished reading Socrates very moving defence of his life in front of the Athenian judges (http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/apology.html, Benjamin Jowett translation). As we know, he is falsely accused of corrupting the youth of athens into atheism and goes to his death with serenity, and undimmed nobility of purpose. He memorably describes himself as the gadfly of the state and makes the statement that a life unexamined is a life not worth living. Socrates goes to his death with serenity because to him righteousness and lack of virtue in life are worse than death. His daimon, which had prompted him against bad decisions all his life, said nothing during his trial: to the gods his death too was better than pleading before unvirtuous judges. The Pythia at Delphi had pronounced him the wisest of men and with his death the judges of Athens condemned wisdom. But what would WC think of him: would they applaud or condemn? They would condemn him as a misogynist, for he says in his speech:
> " I have seen men of reputation, when they have been condemned, behaving in the strangest manner: they seemed to fancy that they were going to suffer something dreadful if they died, and that they could be immortal if you only allowed them to live; and I think that they were a dishonor to the state, and that any stranger coming in would say of them that the most eminent men of Athens, to whom the Athenians themselves give honor and command, are no better than women."
> At the moment WC are similarly condemning the wisdom of Steiner for Steiner's use of the common C19 term 'savage'.
> Ted Wrinch