Plato's The Apology

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Plato's The Apology is an account of the speech Socrates makes at the trial where he is charged for various reasons; not recognizing the gods recognized by the state, inventing new deities, and corrupting the youth of Athens. Socrates did not win over the jury pleading his case, and was therefore sentenced to execution. It can be said that Plato’s Apology of Sokrates, although an unsuccessful attempt at defending Socrates on the charges of corruption the youth of Athens, is a successful defense of the philosophical statement, ‘the unexamined life isn’t worth living for a human being.’ ‘The unexamined life isn’t worth living for a human being’ can be analyzed to mean that human beings are wise creatures and therefore must have analytical or observatory thoughts or are not living to the moral expectation of humans, but rather as dumb animals. It can be observed that Sokrates encourages others to think analytically and independently, a skill used to project and not corrupt the Athenian youth. In The Apology, Sokrates first addresses himself to the accusation that he "inquires into things below the earth and in the sky" (Plato, Apology, 19b). This is a perfect example of his analytical thinking, as he tries to think at a wider scale than the regular Athenians and try to bring physical interpretations to what regular Athenians thought were the actions of the gods. Sokrates then distances himself from the sophists; known for training their students to know the skill of making

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