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Socrates refused to flee Athens when the Senate gave him the chance to, instead he chose to be put to death. This was his reasoning.

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Socrates: What was his reasoning?

?Only thing I know is that I know nothing.? The quote given definitely gets a person thinking. The quote given was spoken from the mouth of Socrates, arguably, as is everything in philosophy, the greatest philosopher of all time. Socrates taught in a way unknown before his time. He asked questions. To start a conversation, then in the end it would end up with the person agreeing that they did not know something. Which then would get the person to find out because they want to know what the do not know. Only the more you know, the more you realize you don?t know. Which is actually a very good way to teach.

Socrates was put to death because he questioned authority, but he questioned everything so that should be expected of him. As it says in the book, Socrates and Jesus had very similar philosophies. ?They challenged the power of the community by criticizing all forms of injustice and corruption.? They both were outcasts in their society, and both dies standing up for what they believed in. Also, they both could have easily escaped from their death, but neither did. ?... but they both felt they had a mission that would have been betrayed unless they kept faith to the bitter end.?

What was Socrates? reasoning as he was being put to death? Well, the only way to find out for sure is to go back in time and ask him. But as of right now, that isn?t humanly possible. I think Socrates? was going to say what he believed no matter what, but he thought that going against what the majority of people thought was the right government wasn?t reasonable. So he accepted his punishment without appeal. Whatever the jury gave him is what he was going to accept as his punishment, even if he disagreed with the whole system. Because what a person thinks can?t control what a person actually does in everyday life.

If people did whatever they thought they should be able to do it would be chaos. People would think that they should be the bosses,...