Socrates died in prison, but he died more free than his judges. It is here, perhaps, that philosophy begins. It is here that ethics begins, ceaselessly, in each of us: at the point where no punishment is possible, no sanction is effective, no condemnation – at least no external condemnation – is necessary. Ethics begins when we are free: it is freedom itself, when that freedom is considered and controlled.

Does 'the point' imply certain time? Or does it imply a certain place?
Hi Taka

I'd say the word 'point' here suggests the condition or degree of something.
It means, at the point in time, where something can be traced back to in time. Or similarly, some future event, such as, "if you ever reach a point in your life of such despair that you contemplate ending it all, ring the Samaritans."