The Death of Socrates
XXXXPHI 103 Informal LogicInstructor: Paige Erickson
January 20, 2014
Plato’s “The Apology” is a story depicting the trial of Socrates. Socrates is being charged for not recognizing the gods recognized by the state, inventing new deities, and corrupting the youth of Athens. Throughout this essay we will go over the charges that were pressed against Socrates, how he responds to the charges, and lastly my view on his innocence. Throughout the trial Socrates speaks to the court as if he were just having a conversation with them, rather than him being at trial. He explained to the jury that has no experience with the law courts and that he will instead speak in the manner to which he is accustomed: with honesty and directness. Socrates really begins to insult the courts with stating the he is the wisest of all men, per the prophecy of the oracle at Delphi. His conclusion on that premise was that he had to be wiser than most man in the fact that he admitted to knowing nothing. My favorite part of the passage was when Socrates compared himself to the gadfly, stinging the horse that was compared to the Athenian state. Socrates claimed that without him, the society would more than likely drift off into a sleep, keeping on a simple tracked mindset, but through his insight, has wakened the society and made them see things from an entire new light. Honestly I would have voted for him to be guilty, but not punishment to follow. Where Socrates did in fact not recognize the gods, and could be at fault for “corrupting the youth”. I could not see punishing a guy for having a different opinion on the things that I may believe in. That would be like the courts today punishing individuals who do not practice a certain religion, or do not have the same views that the government may have. Throughout this essay we have gone over the charges that were pressed against Socrates, how he responded to those charges, and lastly my view on his...
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