phil HW2 - Dr Hornsby PHIL 260-001 The exact charges...

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Dr. Hornsby 8/28/09 PHIL 260-001 The exact charges against Socrates, in this case, are that of blasphemy and corrupting the lives and minds of the youth. This trial and indictments all came about because of the journey and challenge Socrates took on. Once the Oracle of Delphi claimed that he was the wisest man in the world, Socrates was confused and wanted to prove the god wrong. Thus Socrates searches far and wide for any man that is ultimately wiser than him. Along his search, he comes across rich, young men who become his disciples. These youth spend their time often imitating Socrates and his actions and logic, so the Athenians are quick to label him as the corrupt of their youth. Accusers, such as Meletus, claimed Socrates was a complete atheist and committed several blasphemies throughout Athens. Several accusers also believe that he taught and assumed understanding of celestial or spiritual figures. Socrates does defend the notion that he corrupts the youth of Athens and that he is an evil doer intentionally.
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