Analysis Of Plato 's ' The Apology '

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“The Apology” by Plato is a work written as a speech-like monologue, which later turns dialectic. Socrates, who has been brought upon the courts, proceeds with his defense which is by no means an apology. He believed in practicing and teaching philosophy even if that meant going against the Athenian law. He believed above all that he should not go against his own beliefs. In his defense, Socrates claims that an “unexamined” life is not worth living. What he means by this is that living an unexamined life means living a life without any knowledge and wisdom. Plato’s “The Apology” emphasizes the importance of asking questions and seeking for the truth. “The greatest good of man is daily to converse about virtue, and all that concerning which you hear me examining myself and others, and that the life which is unexamined is not worth living” (Plato, trans. 1871). Socrates believes that the best thing men can do is to talk to one another about virtue. Though many see doubt as something negative, Socrates believes otherwise, he believes that to doubt is to ask questions. Asking questions will lead to seeking answers which will then lead to truth. To live a life in which we know nothing about means that we are not truly living. Without knowledge and wisdom we can never achieve truth, therefore it is not worth to live an “unexamined” life. Socrates also believes that one should never go against what we believe to be right, our self judgment is more important than what is imposed
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