Defense of Socrates Analytical Essay by Shaad

Defense of Socrates
An argument in support of Socrates at his fateful trial as it appears in the dialog "The Apology".
# 128279 | 1,697 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | BD
Published by on Jul 09, 2010 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper examines the defense of Socrates at his fateful trial, as it appears in the dialog "The Apology". The paper arrives at the conclusion that the charges against Socrates are unfounded and although the judges were not convinced, this essay shows that a proper analysis of "The Apology" exonerates Socrates from the charges leveled against him.

From the Paper:

"To certain quarters of society truth is inimical. When we hear the charges brought up against Socrates we are in little doubt that they are raised by people wishing to protect their privileged position in society, and where the privilege very much depends on the truth being disguised. In the process of his defense Socrates manages to provide an unmistakable map of exactly which sections of society the objection against him originates. They are the poets, the craftsmen, and the rhetoricians. The three main disputants are Meletus, Anytus and Lycon, and Socrates points out that they are representing those sections of society respectively. Their actions stem from a fear of truth plainly spoken. For this they hate Socrates, whose life is dedicated to speaking the plain truth, and to exposing as ignorant those who hold themselves up as wise. So Socrates says: "And yet I know that this plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth? - this is the occasion and reason of their slander of me, as you will find out either in this or in any future inquiry."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plato. The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues. Translated by Benjamin Jowett. New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004.

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