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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?
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Hi Taka

I'd say the word 'point' here suggests the condition or degree of something.
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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."