Socrates and the Apology

1136 WordsOct 8, 19995 Pages
Some of the best sources of information about Socrates' philosophical views are the early dialogues of his student Plato, who tried to provide a faithful picture of the methods and teachings of the great master. The Apology is one of the many-recorded dialogues about Socrates. It is about how Socrates was arrested and charged with corrupting the youth, believing in no god(s) (Atheism) and for being a Sophist. He attended his trial and put up a good argument. I believe that Socrates was wrongfully accused and should not have been sentenced to death. Within the duration of this document, I will be discussing the charges laid against Socrates and how he attempted to refute the charges. <br> <br>One of the reasons why Socrates was arrested was…show more content…
He suggests that he should receive maintenance at Athens expense. Socrates argues against banishment from Athens and states that he will only continue to practice philosophy and annoy people elsewhere. Socrates claims that the verdict reflects his own refusal to "agree sophistically". "Weep and wail and say unworthy things. It is unworthy to be sevile to escape danger". Socrates then claims that vengeance shall fall upon his executioners. He claimed that instead of executing a critic, the verdict will only make more critics and thus the opposite result will be achieved. His final message was to not stifle criticism and to make themselves as manly as they are. Socrates then comforts those who voted for aquital by suggesting death a blessing. Socrates then states that death is either an eternal dreamless sleep or a migration of the soul from this place to another. Socrates of course states that maybe he will spend his time examining his ideas of his fellow intellectuals. Socrates then claims that nothing can harm a good man. <br> <br>Personally I feel that Socrates defense was excellent. He proves that he is an intelligent man and that he is capable of thinking and speaking for himself. I feel that he was tried unfairly and that maybe the only reason why he was even arrested in the first place was because Meletus was angry that Socrates made him look and feel like a fool. I think that he was arrested because Meletus is a head strong, narrow

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