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Plato's 'Crito' / Fallacies In Socrates' Arguments
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The philosophies of Socrates are presented by Plato in his rendition of the circumstances surrounding Socrates' trial and death. Socrates was given ample opportunity to escape the death sentence by escaping to Thessaly. He chooses to stay and to abide by the decision of the court, regardless that it was incorrect. He presents his arguments to his friend, Crito, when he comes to convince him to escape. Plato was making the point concerning the duty of a citizen to abide by the laws but in presenting them as he did, through the dialogue of Socrates in a fictionalized historical account, there were inherent fallacies within these arguments 5 page paper critically examines the arguments presented. No additional sources cited.
Filename: Critop.wps

Plato's 'Gorgias'
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A 5 page paper that demonstrates Socrates' arguments in Plato's Gorgias. The writer reflects on Socrates' contention that oration is closer to flattery than to philosophy. Bibliography lists no additional sources.
Filename: Gorgias.wps

Plato's 'Gorgias' / Socrates On The Plight Of The Unjust
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A 6 page paper discussing the life of the unjust according to Socrates as is written by Plato in 'Gorgias.' The unjust is often unhappy and lives a life filled with evil. Socrates describes the nature of the unjust and the just. He gives many examples throughout the dialogue of which some have been described below. some weaknesses are also discussed. Bibliography cites the URL from which the full text of Plato's work was obtained.
Filename: Gorgia.wps

Plato's 'Meno' / The Immortality of the Soul
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A 4 page paper that provides an overview of the arguments of Socrates regarding the immortality of the soul and its implication for inquiry.
Filename: Plmeno.wps

Plato's 'Meno' / The Paradox of Socrates
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A 3 page paper that provides an overview of Socrates' paradox of inquiry and considers the elements that apply to recollection and wrongdoing within the paradox outlined in Plato's 'Meno.' No additional sources cited.
Filename: Paradox.wps

Plato's 'Meno' vs. Plato's 'Phaedo' / Is Learning Recollection
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A 3 page paper that provides an overview of Socrates' argument in regards to knowledge and supports his belief that man does not attain new information, but simply recollects things that the soul has known and experienced since the beginning of time. Bibliography lists no additional sources.
Filename: Menoph.wps

Plato's 'Phaedo' & 'The Republic' / Socrates On Just v 'Beautiful & Just Things'
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This 6 page paper analyzes the distinction made by Socrates between that which is beautiful and just in and of itself and those things which represent beauty and justice. Specifically considered is the basis of this distinction as outlined in Book V of The Republic and Phaedo. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: Beutjust.wps

Plato's 'Phaedo' / Analogy Of The Harp
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A 4 page paper that provides and overview of Socrates' analogy of the harp and the impacts for his perspectives on the soul. No additional sources cited.
Filename: Plharp.wps

 

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