Plato's Apology midterm paper

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P a g e | 1 In Plato's the Apology of Socrates , Socrates presents a defense for himself for the Athenian assembly for purportedly not believing in the gods and damaging young men’s minds of Athens by questioning those in authority and spreading false truths. During the three phases of the event we discover that Socrates is wise because of his realization of a lack of knowledge, which he acquired from the Oracle and through his own research. Furthermore, from studying the history of the text we know that Plato uses Socrates as a mouthpiece during the Apology , so talk of wisdom can be used in reference to the practice of philosophy as a whole. Ultimately, I believe that the type of wisdom Socrates possesses makes him wiser than other human beings. In the Apology, Socrates explains what type of wisdom he possesses that leads him to follow philosophy even to the death. Chaerephon, a faithful friend and follower of Socrates, travels to Delphi and asks the oracle if any man is wiser than Socrates. The oracle replies back that no one is wiser. From the beginning, Socrates did not believe her. He believed that statement was some type of joke, or a riddle, that he needed to figure out. Therefore, Socrates formulated how he would find a solution to the riddle. He would simply go out and find a man that was wiser than he so that he could return to refute the gods. As it turns out, Socrates could not find one man who was wiser than he. He questioned a well known politician whom he believed to be wise only to discover he knew nothing while he thought he knew everything. Socrates says, “It is likely that neither of us knows anything worthwhile, but he thinks he knows something when he does not, whereas when I do not know, neither do I think I know; so I am likely to be wiser than he is to this small extent” (Apology, 26). After that, Socrates went on to question all of those who he thought had any reputation of knowledge: politicians, poets, and
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course PHILOSOPHY 251 taught by Professor George during the Fall '10 term at Texas A&M.

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