The Apology, Crito, and Phaedo

The Apology, Crito, and Phaedo

Why I think it’s important:

Today  is the day that Socrates was condemned to death by the Athenian courts, in arguing against the sophist or lawyers, and those who are in power that they are wrong. With accounts giving by Plato in the three Platonic Dialogues: Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. Socrates was my first real teacher, indirectly through the books or what Plato calls “imitations” and shadows, that show me the light of the philosophical world. Here’s a brilliant video showing the great painting when Socrates drank the poison Hemlock, the death-bringer, while at his Socratic way, at peace with the world. As Socrates argues in his peaceful way at the end of The Apology “no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.”, in his view of the good human nature, where the soul is only tainted by life, and lacks that of the good. When the soul enters the realms of the forms, or the heavens, the ultimate ideal, the soul will be back.


Difficulty of reading: 5/10

True difficult: 10, Plato uses a ton of references from Ancient Greek and his other Platonic dialogues. A lot of theorist research this book for their Ph.D

Requirement to read: 7/10

Article Inspired this Post

Nerd Writer’s Analysis of “The Death of Socrates: How To Read A Painting”


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Apology

The Guardians’ Remark on Socrates.

John Protevi’s Note on The Apology, Protevi’s other notes are here

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Plato: Complete Works