An Analysis of Wisdom, Death, and Atheism in Plato’s “The Apology”

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An Analysis of Wisdom, Death, and Atheism in Plato's "The Apology"
This philosophical study will examine Socrates trial in Plato’s Apology as a way to define his atheism and the wisdom of questioning death, the Gods, and the balancing of these values in the good life. Socrates might be best defined as an “atheist” (an 18th century term) because he questions the existence of the gods. However, Socrates does believe in the Gods, even though he is persecuted by the Sophists for challenging their theological authority. In this manner, Socrates defies the Godly interpretation of death as something to be feared, since his wisdom dictates that human beings do not know what it is. This is one reason why Socrates defies the Sophists and chooses to...
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.....dern sense of the term, he uses philosophy as a way to question dogmatic corrupt theologians and government officials. In this way, Socrates offers a balance of philosophical inquiry and religious faith as a way to deal with his death and unjust trial in The Apology.
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