In class: Socrates in Plato’s Apology

socrates-100x159On the priority of character: “Wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the State” (Apology, 30b).

On the dangers of democracy: “No man on earth who conscientiously opposes you or any other organized democracy, and flatly prevents a great many wrongs and illegalities from taking place in the state, can possibly escape with his life.” (31e)

On the importance of philosophy: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” (38a)

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