Philosophy of death

Philosophy of death

Philosophy of death

In the support of this topic, Socrates describes several arguments to show that death should not be feared. He convinces people this, instead of the other way round. Out of the many arguments he describes, I will describe only two; assess them and give my opinions about his arguments. I will also describe the things that are missing in his argument, if there are any.

In the first argument he weighs something he fears over something he does not fear. This argument he calls the ignorant argument. He says that no one knows about death, but he thinks it may be the greatest good in life. Hence if one fears death, they may be making the biggest error since they would be avoiding a possible good. Socrates was described to be very wise, and by saying that he knew not much about death consequently tells us that he does not know anything.

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The stories that we have read or know about martyrs is that after their acts, they will receive proper rewards. This is according to Judson & Karasmane’s (2008). Their acts are not as a result of courage, same case as knowing that ice cream is sweet and delicious; hence accepting an ice cream is not a cause of courage.

The truth of the fact is that death has a process and that the process is not pleasing. Most say that death hurts in some way, especially death of martyrs. Most Christian martyrs are said to endure a lot before their lives finally cease. Most people would call the driving force to endure much pain before death, courage, but I would call it desire. Desire in the sense that one is enduring unpleasant feelings

Guven, F. (2012). Madness and Death in Philosophy: Social Impacts of Sydney 2000. SUNY Press.

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