Socrates ' Apology Of Plato 's Apology

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Part I: Essay Outline

Question #2
At 23b of Plato 's "Apology" Socrates claims to be wiser than his interlocutors because, unlike them, he does not think he knows what he does not know. Question: Is this self-assessment genuinely meaningful or is it merely clever word play?

Thesis Statement: I think Socrates’ message behind his speech to his interlocutors was to both state his superior wisdom and gain the attention while doing so.

Outline

I. Introduction
A. Opening Statement
1. What is wisdom?
2. Wisdom vs. foolishness
B. Bridge
1. Socrates’ speech displays his determination to explain the foolishness of his interlocutors.
2. Quote
At 21d Socrates says: "…when I do not know, neither do I think I know; so I am likely to be wiser than he to this small extent, that I do not think I know what I do not know." (Plato, 23)
C. Thesis Statement

II. Socrates elaborates the need of asking questions to gain more knowledge.
A. What does Socrates mean when he proclaims his obliviousness in this manner?
1. Positively he implies this: he understands that he has more to learn. This is a typical elucidation of this thought, and likely the one the vast majority have.
2. He is additionally alluding to the constrained way of human knowing as he says; all human knowledge is useless, nothing, at the end of the day, uncertain. Indeed, even in their best operation, notwithstanding with respect to those convictions for which we have the best reasons, and invested the most energy…
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