Should Socrates have drank the hemlock?
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Socrates was his own executor, by doing this he went against his belief of reason and being the wisest man. In “Plato, Crito,” Socrates states that he IS and has ALWAYS been someone that “must be guided by reason.” If so this is true, why did he drink the hemlock voluntarily? In his trial, Socrates was pronounced guilty for “refusing to recognize the gods recognized by the state” and of “corrupting the youth.” Being known for always having the answer to everything put against him, why didn't he argue, for himself, against the Athenians? We can see how Socrates didn't understand what he was doing when he was brought upon the poison. “Now good sir, you understand these things. What must I do?” Socrates should not have drank the hemlock.
Socrates' death is an example of non-autonomous self-killing. Non-autonomous meaning it was involuntarily or without the person knowing what they are doing. Socrates, even though he drank the hemlock, it was self-administer execution rather than suicide, so he did not choose death. Sarcastically he offered to be charged with a fine of a modest amount of money, which is in fact when the jurors selected death for Socrates. No matter what his decision was he was still going to be found guilty by the Athenians. If Socrates would've chosen exile, he could've continued teaching his beliefs somewhere else, so there was really no reason for him to have chosen to drink the hemlock. He wanted to die naturally, as he wasn't afraid of death, but he was force to drink the hemlock.
The reason he drank the hemlock is because Socrates was faced with no other options, if he escaped, which he had the opportunity to do, it would have made him look as if he committed the crime. Socrates was found guilty in an unjust way, there was no evidence to prove the accusation. The Athenians did not like Socrates simply because of his beliefs and his teachings, so regardless he was going to be guilty. The government of Athens believed that Socrates didn't believe in the belief of the Greek regarding the different Gods the they had, but in fact Socrates believed in the Divine Spirit, which is a God. They were accusing him of something false, not believing in a God, something that they did not know, meaning that if Socrates defended himself he was once again, as I've stated before, guilty! Socrates had no reason to drink the hemlock, he didn't deserve to die unjustly.
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Vote Placed by tulle 3 years ago
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