To write a 600-900 word essay that answers each of the following questions:
- Did Socrates's philosophical lifestyle have the potential to
"wake up" Athenians in a way that could have been useful to that
- Does the importance of being awoken in that way justify the extreme manner that Socrates chose to live and die?
- Do you agree that (to use a famous phrase from the eighteenth
century Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant), awakening an individual--or
an entire society--from "dogmatic slumbers" is a constructive and
useful role of raising probing philosophical questions? Is there a
significant opportunity for philosophers or others to play this kind of
constructive role in our own society?