The Apology Plato Essay

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The Apology Plato

What I found interesting about Plato’s Apology is how you can see Socrates values throughout this account or description of the trial. The Greek “apologia” translates as a defense, or a speech made in defense. I feel like the real defense was not so much a defense to save his life but a defense in which to safeguard or uphold his values about life and to defend his relationship with the Delphic Oracle. His honesty and directness may have got him into this situation but he contuined to use this method throughout his trial. I feel like being a smart as he was, he knew if he was going to fuse to these procedures or practices during this trail it could cost him his freedom ...view middle of the document...

Socrates seems to be a very simple man while talking with the simple people of the town. I think he enjoyed helping other men appreciate the knowledge they had and wanted them to understand more about their wisdom on a subject matter. He states “The unexamined life is not worth living”. I think the Oracle knew that he could help other people. That’s why he was told about being the wisest man in Athens. Although this ambitious lifestyle, renouncing wealth and holding himself distant from political ambitions may have made people uneasy about him. Also when he claims to know nothing but makes his peers look even more unintelligence then he it really gets under their skin.

Once Socrates really understood what the Oracles proposed he took a lot of value in his life style and I notice this show up in the trial. When it was brought up that he was accused of corrupting the young Socrates sticks with his way of thinking and values. Even though little was brought up to prove that Socrates is guilty of the charges against him he did not conform. When he was accused of intentionally defying the gods. He was not trying to intentionally defy the gods but questioned in hopes to arrive to some sort of truth and meaning. It was the Oracle at Delphi who said that he is the wisest of the wise. During his entire life he has been dedicated to doing the will of the Gods. But again I feel like since his did not be traditional and stuck with his way of thinking it hurt his chances of surviving this trial. In addition, I do think Socrates held unusual views on religion.

Although Socrates did not make it out alive I still think the response Socrates offered is a masterpiece of...

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