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Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates Paperback – February 26, 2013
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He has some interesting points of view about what happens after death. About the soul and immortality, and all.
But I keep asking myself, "How does he (or anyone for that matter) know this? How can anyone know about on what happens to someone after they die? As an Atheist, to me its all just speculation. But I will say this much...
Whether there's an afterlife or not, it ultimately is not up to us to decide. It wasn't up to us to be born, what gender, race or abnormalities we have. Nor is it up to us, what happens after we die. It doesn't need our approval to exist or not. No more than the ground we walk on needs our approval to walk on it.
As for my soon-to-be late dad. It'll be a very difficult time for me in my life. But I'm glad that this book reached me in time to help me get through it.
And so, in closing. Enjoy your life. Enjoy it with your loved ones. Spend as much time with them as you can. Life and time are both precious, and once you spent that time with your life on the ones you love, it's well worth the investment once they're gone.
This Kindle edition seems to be a good translation - though I can't say that for certain since I am not familiar with the original Greek. What I mean is that it is easy to follow the argument and the wording is not awkward. It is certainly worth the $0.99 price!
The first part represents the trial of Socrates in the court of law at Athens, where he argues for himself at the age of seventy, on the charges against him, that he did not believe in the Gods recognized by the State and that he had corrupted the Athenian youth by his teachings. Though Socrates gives all reasonable and logical explanations to prove his integrity and innocence, the judges sentence him to 'death by poison', which Socrates obeys, as he was committed to follow the law of the land. In the second part, Plato records the visit of Crito, Simmias, Cebes and Phaedo along with many of friends and pupils of Socrates, in the prison, to offer him a secret escape. But Socrates convinces all of them against such act, as he believes in obeying the diktat of the supreme law governing Athens. The third and the last part records the final day of Socrates in the prison when he teaches the immortality of soul, its pre-existence, its journey and the law of contraries. He comes to a conclusion that death brings about liberation of his good soul to a different world of peace and harmony and hence he welcomes such a separation without any grief or pain. He finally bids farewell to his pupils, friends, family, takes a bath and drinks the poison to lie down and pass on to eternal sleep, which he calls ‘death’ or separation of the immortal soul from the moral body.Read more ›
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Very well written. I have read it before so it is difficult to say anything I have not already said. Essential readings in philosophy.Published 16 months ago by James Fitzgibbons
Not that I can speak Greek, but it's a pretty good translation, from what I can tell.Published 17 months ago by Benjamin A Lebovitz
If your going to start your delving into Greek philosophy this is where you start-at the beginning. Just start here.Published on June 26, 2014 by Philip D. Fryer
It is absolutely absurd to give stars to a work that is a landmark in the history of human thought.Published on June 7, 2014 by Chester Adams