Project #82864 - Socrates on Courage

1.  In my notes to this week's reading, I referred to a dialogue in which Socrats examines "what is courage?" with two Athenian generals.  There Socrates objects to one general's claim that courage is remaining at one's post and not running away; Socrates claims that there can be courage in running away, and also in many other ways that do not involve physical danger.  So try to explain, by an example, how somone who runs away from danger could be courageous.

2.  Give some examples of courage that do not involve physical danger.  (Hint: imagine a student in class who shows courage.)  Try to give at least two examples.

3.  Do you think that courage is relative -- that it is solely in the eye of the behholder.  For example, if I think that someone is courageous but you do not, do you think that we are not really disagreeing about anything because courage is relative, and that each of us is only expressing an opinion and that there is nothing to be right or wrong about?   Or do you think that one of us could actually be right?

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/21/2015 04:00 am
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