Should socrates have drank the hemlock
Debate Rounds (4)
R1. Why did we decide to chose our side of the debate.
R4. Conclusion of each side.
Socrates was a man of integrity and never wronged the community of Athens at least not intentionally. Plato referenced a gadfly to demonstrate Socrates stirring up Athens to make them think as a gadfly would sting a horse and irate it into action.
His actions of provoking thought are what caused the Athenians to sentence his death by drinking hemlock.
I chose the pro side because I believe that Socrates wanted to die. He was 70 years old and decided that it was time. He was given the chance to escaped prison but chose not to. He was a man that believed in justice. The court decided that he was guilty and his punishment was death. Socrates, whether or not they were right was going to obey their orders.
I chose the negative side of this argument because I don't believe that Socrates should have drank the hemlock, or that he even wanted to because he was of old age. He knew in his mind that he was simply testing the Oracle's vision of him being the wisest man. He set out to find others who were like him, or wiser and made them question certain beliefs, in order to in fact determine whether or not he actually was the wisest man.
Socrates became a martyr for what he believed. He practiced what he believed in. By drinking the poison he did not contradict his life in anyway. Not drinking the hemlock would go against his beliefs about justice.
I also continue to agree with him taking the hemlock. Although it can be considered suicide he drank it so that he would not contradict what he stands for. By committing suicide his actions spoke loud about what he believed in. This is why i believe he was a martyr. All he did was teach his beliefs and he thought he was right by doing so. Some believed he was corrupting the youth with his teachings but he wasn't. He knew he did nothing wrong and he was going to take his punishment knowing that he was innocent. Socrates was all for justice and he would commit and injustice if he disobeyed the court. Escaping prison would confirm to the court that he is guilty.
To conclude, Just as Socrates said, "Will you tell them that excellence and justice and institutions and law are the most valuable things that men can have"?
If he didn"t drink the hemlock he would negate this statement from The Crito. Escaping prison and not drinking the poison would negate excellence, justice, and the law, the three things that Socrates believed are valuable.
I conclude with reiterating one of the points I brought up before in which he says that he could've won the trial and been acquitted of his charges, if he had used the art of Sophistry, in which he says he didn't because he wanted to be honest. This means that Socrates accepted the charges, but NOT because he committed the crime but because of what he stood for. He was not trying to die a martyr but that is in fact what he became. Therefore, Socrates was in fact wrongly punished, and shouldn't have had to drink the hemlock, or even put in that position to begin with.
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