The Kantian concept of the person, rationality and Socrates' death

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Publication Type honors thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Political Science
Faculty Mentor Mark Button
Creator Rush, Jacob
Title The Kantian concept of the person, rationality and Socrates' death
Year graduated 2014
Date 2014-05
Description In this paper, I consider Socrates' death sentence in The Apology and his choice to accept his death sentence in The Crito. I structure his choice in a Kantian manner. First, I argue that Socrates has a duty to himself, as a rational agent, to (a) act as a promisekeeping individual and (b) perform the means indispensable to ends he sets for himself, that is, to his own just agreements. Socrates' prior choices commit Socrates to death. I then argue that Socrates has a duty not to flee his unjust verdict on the grounds that doing so would be self-contradictory if enacted by all rational agents at once. It would not accord with the categorical imperative.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Socrates - Death and burial; Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1824 - Ethics
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Jacob Rush
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 229,413 bytes
Permissions Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=1297201
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Setname ir_htoa
Date Created 2016-11-10
Date Modified 2019-07-09
ID 205932
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6dr64rm
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