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9/22/16Discussion Questions for Plato’s Apology1.It has been said that not only is Socrates on trial in the Apology, but so is philosophy itself. Why might one say this? In what sense, if any, do you think it is true?One might say this because Socrates is the first to defend the idea of modern philosophy. He was one of the first to ask many fundamental questions that had no answers and tried to get to the roots of people’s values. With his trial, the idea of questioning and being curious about the world (much of what makes up philosophy) was also on trial.2.Socrates tells the jury that there have been older, long-standing accusations made against him by those who dislike him. What are these “older” or “earlier” accusations? On what grounds does Socrates argue that these accusations are false in regard to him?These “older” accusations tell of Socrates who speculated and searched for answers about Heaven and Earth and made a worse argument defeat a better argument. Socrates argues these accusations were spread when people were impressionable as children. The accusations were made when there was no one to answer to, so the charges went by unanswered. 3.Explain the connection between Socrates and the Oracle at the shrine of Delphi. What message did the Oracle give in regard to Socrates? How has this message served to motivate Socrates’ philosophic quest?The Oracle stated that there is no one wiser than Socrates. Socrates decided to try and find one wiser than himself since he did not believe what the Oracle had said. He went on a quest and talked to many in order to try and find one who was wiser than himself, but came to the conclusion that the Oracle was correct and he was the wisest.

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