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Study Questions for Plato’s Apology 1 . What is Socrates’s point in the opening two paragraphs of his defense? (17a-18a) 2 . What are the two groups of accusers to which Socrates’s refers? Of which is he more afraid? Why? (18a-e) Old accusers and new accusers, he is more afraid of the old accusers because they are set in their ways 3 . What were the [earlier] accusations against Socrates: (19b-e)(23d) What is his defense against them? (20c-24b) Busy body, makes weaker argument stronger-sophist (twisting the facts), corrupts the young, looks at things below the earth and above the heavens. Socrates claims that all charges are false 4 . From Socrates’s discussion of Evenus, can you gather why Socrates does not charge a fee? (19e-20c) He doesn’t charge a fee because he doesn’t truly believe that he has great wisdom. Doesn’t claim to be passing on wisdom. 5 . According to Socrates, what is the origin of the slanderous claims against him? Explain. (20c-24a) What does that have to do with the oracle at Delphi? (20e-21a) What is his "human wisdom"? (20d, 23a)) Oracle of Delphi was the man who claimed to speak with the Gods. Oracle says Socrates is the man of wisdom. Socrates knows himself better than others know themselves, but he doesn’t believe it. Socrates
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