The Apology

The Apology - Pre-Class Response: The Apology Socrates is a...

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Pre-Class Response: The Apology Socrates is a very unpopular person in his society because he questions the wisdom and knowledge of those who tout themselves to be wise and knowledgeable. He knows that he has been the focus of accusations for many years and therefore many of the jurors would have grown up hearing the slander and so believing the accusations to be fact. He knows that children are impressionable. He also knows when you’re knowledgeable elders tell you things, as a child, you will simply believe their words by default. Socrates believes that the jury is inflammatory and prejudiced against because of the aforementioned facts. The whispers and conversation have long extolled Socrates’ wickedness. He’s never been brought before any previous court though he has long been accused of wrongdoing. “The old charges” are the slanderous statements, which have been propagated and circulated for many years, by those who place no regard on the truth. The four old charges are 1.) “The study of things in the sky and below the earth”, 2.) “Not believing in the Gods of Athens”, 3.) “Making the worse, the stronger argument” and 4.) “Corruption young men by teaching them his hypocrisy”. These charges, though baseless are common knowledge among Athenians. Socrates has earned the scorn of many powerful people, through the exercise of what he refers to as his occupation. The first of the old charges, “The study of things in the sky and below the earth”, Socrates refers to as an accusation available against all philosophers. He replies that his only wisdom in regards to such things is that he realizes his ignorance. He lays no claim to any uncommon knowledge of the subjects and professes to have never done so. His only defense is that he is slander for revealing the shortcomings of others that claim knowledge, which they don’t actually possess. The second of the old charges is that Socrates “doesn’t believe in the Gods in whom the city believes, but in other new spiritual things”. This charge is one that Socrates defends with his belief in the God and the Oracle, which have led him to his much resented occupation. If he didn’t believe in the Gods, it would be futile to follow of the edict of one for the whole of his life. He proclaims his innocence with a zeal for the
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