1st midterm Passage Summaries

1st midterm Passage Summaries - Passage Summaries Platos...

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Passage Summaries Plato’s Apology Socrates is brought to trial for trying to give physical explanations for divine matters and that he charges a fee for teaching his rhetoric The Apology was written by Plato summarizing Socrates Defense. Socrates claims to know nothing, and as a result is surprised by the accusation. He tests his accusation by using his Socratic method on his accusers (government officials) and finds out that they too really do not know what they are accusing him of. o Accused him of atheism and of creating new gods. o Tested the politicians—knew nothing. o Tested the workers—thought they knew far more than they did. From all these tests, Socrates concludes that he is the wisest man of all because he at least knows that he knows nothing. Claims it is foolish to fear death because one does not know what exists beyond it. Also claims that the life not worth living and continues to philosophize after being sentenced to death by choice. Compared himself to a gadfly that keeps stinging the government and
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course POLI SCI 10 taught by Professor Sissa during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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