Why Is Socrates Wrong

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Socrates is known as the “father of Western philosophy”. In his teachings, he encouraged people to question life and not listen to what they were told. He inspired people to search for answers, and reject popular beliefs. As a result, Socrates was brought to trial by the dikasts (male jurors) on two charges. Socrates had three premises that all led to the conclusion of him not being innocent and the charges being false.
First, Socrates defended himself against the charge of corrupting the youth in Athens. Socrates explained that he would be also be harming himself if he was intentionally corrupting the youth. Socrates was surrounding himself with people who would follow his beliefs, not people he was trying to corrupt. In the bible it says,
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His father was Sophroniscus who was a stone mason. Socrates learned from his father while receiving a basic Greek education. After working for his father for a few years he pursued philosophy. Socrates’s married Xanthippe and they had three sons together. Socrates cared more about the youth of Athens’s than his own sons. This shows that Socrates was not devoted to his family, but cared about his teachings. This also proves that Socrates was not committing a crime, but doing what he felt was his calling.
It is impossible to claim that Socrates is guilty of the crimes he was charged with. Socrates did not act intentionally. He thought he was doing what he was called to do and felt he was inspiring people to think in a new way. His teachings go against the norm which many people did not agree with.
Socrates accepted his punishment of a death sentence (drinking hemlock) since he knew he died a hero. He showed no remorse for his actions, but instead mocked the jurors after he was sentenced. This shows that Socrates knew his punishment was a joke since he committed no crime. Socrates believed, even before he died that he did the right thing by speaking out against the authority. Plato said, "Such was the end of our friend, a man, I think, who was the wisest and justest, and the best man I have ever known" (Phaedo,
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