Why did Socrates have to die?
Feb 14, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 21 • By PETER LOPATIN
Because Socrates left no corpus of philosophical writings, all that we know of him is hearsay. He remains, necessarily, an elusive figure. And as to the question of why we still care—and ought to care—about his life and death, Hughes offers this observation:
There is, then, something very much at stake for us, today, in the effort to see Socrates’ life and death more clearly. As one who “incarnates the tension between the freedom of the individual and the regulation of the community,” he compels the attention of the modern democrat. And though he is elusive, we must continue to search for him:
Peter Lopatin teaches at the University of Connecticut at Stamford.