October 11, 2000
Socrates Vs. Gilgamesh
Socrates’ view of death in the Phaedo, Crito, and Apology is complex. His argument tries to prove that philosophers, of all people, are in the best state to die or will be in the best state after life because of the life they lead. Socrates’ views are sharply contrasted in The Epic of Gilgamesh. In fact, he would probably say that Gilgamesh had not lived the proper kind of
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is the end of one’s personal existence. Both views are still common today. Some religious people do not fear death when their time has come, but the majorities are afraid to die. Socrates might say that our society today is full of ignorant, body-loving, cowards.
Epic of Gilgamesh, The. London: Penguin Books Ltd, 1972.
Plato. Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo. Trans. G.M.A.
Grube. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc, 1981.