Plato - Apology, Crito

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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and Enlightenment TA Menachem 11:00-12:15 October 5, 2005 Plato – Apology, Crito The great philosopher Socrates was known to be a very smart and wise individual. He never admitted his intelligence even though the oracle of Delphi proclaimed that no man was wiser than Socrates. “I (Socrates) am very conscious that I am not wise at all; what then does he (the oracle) mean by saying that I am the wisest” (Plato, 26). The depiction of Socrates that was created by his student Plato, in his works of the Apology and Crito show a man of vigor and high moral, although some of his strong beliefs led to his own demise. Socrates was condemned to death by the Athenian jury, not because he did something wrong, but because he was determined to stand up for his philosophies, even if it meant that he had to be executed. In the Crito, when Socrates’ friend Crito tried to persuade him that it was possible for him to escape into exile, Socrates reiterated to Crito that he did not want to leave. It was a selfish move on Socrates part because even though he didn’t claim to be a wise man, he had a lot of followers who believed in his word. Complete strangers that adored
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