He was found guilty and condemned to death. In the previous passageSocrates explains why he would rather die than stop practicing philosophy and live a life without virtue. In this passage, Socrates has just been found guilty and the death penalty has been proposed.
Presocratic Thought An analysis of Presocratic thought presents some difficulties. Even these purportedly verbatim words often come to us in quotation from other sources, so it is difficult, if not impossible, to attribute with certainty a definite position to any one thinker.
Presocratic thought marks a decisive turn away from mythological accounts towards rational explanations of the cosmos. Indeed, some Presocratics openly criticize and ridicule traditional Greek mythology, while others simply explain the world and its causes in material terms.
This is not to say that the Presocratics abandoned belief in gods or things sacred, but there is a definite turn away from attributing causes of material events to gods, and at times a refiguring of theology altogether.
The foundation of Presocratic thought is the preference and esteem given to rational thought over mythologizing. This movement towards rationality and argumentation would pave the way for the course of Western thought. The Milesians Thales c.
Aristotle offers some conjectures as to why Thales might have believed this Graham First, all things seem to derive nourishment from moisture. Next, heat seems to come from or carry with it some sort of moisture.
Finally, the seeds of all things have a moist nature, and water is the source of growth for many moist and living things. Some assert that Thales held water to be a component of all things, but there is no evidence in the testimony for this interpretation.
It is much more likely, rather, that Thales held water to be a primal source for all things—perhaps the sine qua non of the world. Like Thales, Anaximander c. That he did not, like Thales, choose a typical element earth, air, water, or fire shows that his thinking had moved beyond sources of being that are more readily available to the senses.
He might have thought that, since the other elements seem more or less to change into one another, there must be some source beyond all these—a kind of background upon or source from which all these changes happen.
How it is that this separation took place is unclear, but we might presume that it happened via the natural force of the boundless. The universe, though, is a continual play of elements separating and combining.
If our dates are approximately correct, Anaximenes c. However, the conceptual link between them is undeniable. Like Anaximander, Anaximenes thought that there was something boundless that underlies all other things. Unlike Anaximander, Anaximenes made this boundless thing something definite—air.
For Anaximander, hot and cold separated off from the boundless, and these generated other natural phenomena Graham For Anaximenes, air itself becomes other natural phenomena through condensation and rarefaction.
Rarefied air becomes fire. When it is condensed, it becomes water, and when it is condensed further, it becomes earth and other earthy things, like stones Graham This then gives rise to all other life forms.
Furthermore, air itself is divine. Air, then, changes into the basic elements, and from these we get all other natural phenomena. Xenophanes of Colophon Xenophanes c. At the root of this poor depiction of the gods is the human tendency towards anthropomorphizing the gods.
Indeed, Xenophanes famously proclaims that if other animals cattle, lions, and so forth were able to draw the gods, they would depict the gods with bodies like their own F Beyond this, all things come to be from earth F27not the gods, although it is unclear whence came the earth. The reasoning seems to be that God transcends all of our efforts to make him like us.
If everyone paints different pictures of divinity, and many people do, then it is unlikely that God fits into any of those frames. Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism Ancient thought was left with such a strong presence and legacy of Pythagorean influence, and yet little is known with certainty about Pythagoras of Samos c.
Many know Pythagoras for his eponymous theorem—the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the adjacent sides.
Whether Pythagoras himself invented the theorem, or whether he or someone else brought it back from Egypt, is unknown. He developed a following that continued long past his death, on down to Philolaus of Croton c. Whether or not the Pythagoreans followed a particular doctrine is up for debate, but it is clear that, with Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, a new way of thinking was born in ancient philosophy that had a significant impact on Platonic thought.
The Pythagoreans believed in the transmigration of souls. The soul, for Pythagoras, finds its immortality by cycling through all living beings in a 3,year cycle, until it returns to a human being Graham Indeed, Xenophanes tells the story of Pythagoras walking by a puppy who was being beaten.Socrates, (born c.
bce, Athens [Greece]—died bce, Athens), Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy.
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The death sentence of Socrates was the legal. Reading: Socrates on The Examined Life. The following reading is from the Apology by Plato, translation by Benjamin Jowett.
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