The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues Topics for Discussion

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Consider the apparent value, or lack thereof, that Socrates gives to lived, individual experience. Do you agree or disagree that the will and perspective of the individual human being must be (suppressed? denied? downplayed?) in order for life to be lived fully, effectively, and truly? What role do you believe individual experience and/or independence and/or determination DOES play in defining the nature and purpose of existence?

The quote from p. 95 includes one of the most famous sayings in the history of philosophy - "the unexamined life is not worth living." Do you agree or disagree with this idea? Why or why not?

Consider Socrates' perspectives on the authority of the state. What do you think is the role/function of the state (government)? Do you agree or disagree with his opinion, indicated in "Apology" and discussed in detail in "Crito" that the...

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