My Reading Notes
Socrates’s thesis on the fear of death
Socrates has to drink the hemlock (deadly poison). He is in prison but not alone. His friends and his loved ones are here with him, trying to convince him to flee. Evasion is possible, even planned. But Socrates insists on staying, arguing that death must not be feared, among other arguments. (from the Apology of Socrates, by Plato.) F. Chatillon
December 13, 2016
One must not fear death.
To fear death is to pretend to know something we do not.
People fear death as if it were the worst of pains.
But death could also be the greatest good (we do not know…).
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