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In what sense was Socrates' mission political?
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If we look at Plato's dialogues, it is clear that Socrates desired to make a political impact among the Athenians.
For example, Socrates states that his mission was to be a gadfly to cause the Athenians to seek truth. He considered the Athenians to be a dim-witted horse that needed to be goaded in the right direction. This is why he believed that the Athenian government should reward him instead of punishing him.
"If you kill a man like me, you will injure yourselves more than you will injure me," because his role was that of a gadfly, "to sting people and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth."
For another example, all you need to do is to consider the Republic. The whole work is about the ideal polis, which is political.
Posted by readerofbooks on July 3, 2013 at 4:33 AM (Answer #1)
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