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Apology 17a-24b 1. 17a Given what Socrates states at 17a, what has just transpired in the trial? With respect to the charges he is facing, what is Socrates most surprised about? 2. 17c What is Socrates' attitude as he faces the court? What is it that Socrates is asking permission for? Why do you think he needs to do this? Make a quick sketch of the argument Socrates gives here. 3. 18a What does Socrates want the jury to concentrate on? 4. 18b-d How many sets of charges are there? Why is Socrates more concerned with one set of accusations than the other? Do you think that he's right to be concerned about their effect on the jury? To what sport does Socrates compare his task of defending himself? What is similar or dissimilar about Socrates' situation with the "first accusers" and the situation President Clinton had with his accusers? 5. Consider the following two sentences. Which sentence mentions the larger number? The latter sentence or the former? In this sentence the number 23 occurs. In this next sentence the number 1,348 occurs. 6. 18c What were the jurors told about Socrates when they were young? 7. 19a What is slander? Socrates acknowledges that he's going to have a hard time dislodging the old rumors and slander from the minds of the jury. Have you ever had someone say something slanderous or untrue about you? Did you ever have to try and change someone's mind about you, especially if they held that opinion about you for a long time? 8. 19b Socrates reformulated the "first charges". Rearrange them into argument form. 9. Aristophanes' The Clouds offers a "parody" of Socrates. What is a parody? Can you name a long-running TV show that parodies public figures? 10. 19c-d Socrates makes two claims in his defense against these charges. What are they? 11. 19e-20b Socrates is accused of "making the weaker argument the stronger". This is just another way of saying that Socrates is accused of being a _____________. What was it that these people did when they came into town? Judging from what is said about one of them, Paros, what were they supposedly teaching? 12. 20c Note that for a second time Socrates denies having ___________________ about something. Do you think that he's being sincere? 13. 20d What is Socrates' explanation as to why such slander about him has developed? Isn't his explanation at odds with his earlier denial of having knowledge? What is the difference between having wisdom and having knowledge?
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14. 20e Socrates distinguishes between two kinds of wisdom at 20d-e. What are they? Which one does Socrates confess to possessing? Which kind does he think the sophists supposedly possess? 15. 21a What is an "oracle"? Who was the Delphic oracle? What did the oracle say? Do you think that things like this happen today? What would such an event be like? What "disturbance" do you suppose is going on in court? 16. 21b-e What does Socrates think his mission is? How did he go about completing it? To what
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