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Apology, Crito and Phaedo of Socrates

Apology, Crito and Phaedo of Socrates

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Overview: Apology

Philosophy is a subject mastered by very few, and fewer are as popular and renowned as Pluto. In this book "APOLOGY, CRITO AND PHÆDO OF SOCRATES" he accounts for the process of the trial, incarceration and death of his teacher Socrates. Most of his writings are in the form of a dialogue giving the book an interesting novel like feel rather than a pure philosophical monologue.

Socrates: His impact and influence

"The Apologia" is about the trial that Socrates had to go thru at the age of 70. Even though this being the first time Socrates was summoned to court on two separate charges he decided to be his own defence. He was charged with the accusation of corrupting the youth with his ideologies and not believing in the Gods declared by the states. Plato who was present at the trial, gives a first-hand account of the arguments put forth by Socrates in his personal defence. The book has a large dose of emotional and philosophical statements that make you vouch for Socrates. How the story ends is tragic but it still leave you enriched with several words of wisdom that hold true in today's world too.

"In Crito" Plato write about the dialogue that happens between Socrates and his friend named Crito. Crito tries to persuade Socrates into escaping from jail and also offers help in paying for his fine in cash if convicted. Crito informs Socrates about a ship that has arrived in the city which is indicative that the judges have decided to convict him and award him a death penalty. Making Socrates aware of it Crito tries to build his case in influencing Socrates to flee from the jail. What follows is Socrates's opinion on why Crito's suggestion is not morally right and what impact it will have on his followers. And how, embracing the punishment is the right thing to do.

"The Phædo" details the conversation that Socrates has, with a handful of his friends before he is forced to drink the poison. During the conversation Socrates gets philosophical about life and explains how soul will live on for eternity and touches upon the existence of immortality. The book ends with the last mile walk that Socrates has after drinking the poison and the last words he shouts out to Crito before breathing his last.

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Plato who was the most ardent follower and a religious student of Socrates writes this book giving an account of the last few days in the life of Socrates. Plato has had a great influence on the western culture as he had written and preserved the writings for the new age to read and follow. Plato's writing have been translated in several languages for people of all ethnicity to follow.

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Language English
Publication Date April 9, 2012
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Contributor(s) Plato
Binding Paperback
Page Count 240
ISBN 10 1475168624
ISBN 13 9781475168624
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Product Weight 327 grams
Product Dimensions 15.2 cm x 1.4 cm x 22.9 cm
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  1.  The birth of a great Philosophy and the Death of a great Philosopher 2 February, 2014 On
    This is an amazing book of philosophy and trial of Socrates, the man considered to be the Father of World Philosophy. The book is written by Plato, one of the staunch devoted pupil of Socrates and prominent ancient philosopher. The book is nothing but the translation of three of Plato’s works namely, “The Apologia”, “The Crito” and “The Phaedo” all of which have reference to the trial, imprisonment and death of Socrates.
    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.

    Positives: The book gives deep insights into the understanding of wisdom and knowledge, the true identity of a great philosopher. The ideology of Socrates which brings about distinct separation of the immortal soul and mortal body through various logical explanations related to common examples that can be easily understood by a reasonably intelligent person, is well illustrated. One can get the basics of philosophical thinking and start to experience detachment from materialistic things once he finishes reading this book with utmost concentration.

    Negatives: Many tough logical reasonings can be above the grasping power of many and consider Socrates philosophy as ‘insane’. Very difficult to understand some parts, if not read with concentration.

    My rating is 4 out of 5.
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