Summary of Plato

Summary of Plato - Socrates claims that he can not be found...

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Summary of Plato’s apology: Throughout the text, Socrates is defending himself of accusations of corrupting the youth. Socrates starts out, according to Plato by reminding his accusers (Meletus, Anytus, and Lycon) that they are not judging him on whether or not they like hiom but rather on if he is guilty of the crimes charged. Socrates says at the beginning of the speech that he wont “woo” them over with his words, and try to play them like a sophists. Socrates points to the fact that he’s poor, and that he is not being paid by the youth. He also claims to know nothing, which he believes is greater than pretending to know something and really not. Socrates goes on to tell stories about how he went to politicians, poets and artisans to try and gain wisdom, but they were empty.
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Unformatted text preview: Socrates claims that he can not be found guilty, but that others will hate him just because of what they had heard about him, not for what he really is. Socrates is found guilty, and proceeds to anger the jury even more. He suggests that there weren’t even enough people to even have a trial. He suggests a mode for his own punishment, which is to provide free meals at what seems to me like a courthouse or place of high prominence. The jury decided on death by drinking hemlock. In his anger speech, Socrates insists that he is speaking the truth, and others are just to ignorant and he will not stoop to their level. In his last words, he states that he holds no resentment against them, and even asks them to look after his three sons....
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course PHL 100 taught by Professor Sharp during the Spring '07 term at Alabama.

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