Plato_Reading_Response - Silas Kirsch Professor Brown Political Science 4 4 March 2020 Plato and Socrates Prompt One In \u201cApology\u201d of The Trial and

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Silas Kirsch Professor Brown Political Science 4 4 March 2020 Plato and Socrates Prompt One In “Apology” of The Trial and Death of Socrates , Socrates explains how he sees his role in Athenian society in a fateful arena. The “Apology” represents Socrates’ end while on trial and prominently features his reflection on his own role in improving the polis. Socrates’ is on trial for inventing new Gods and corrupting the youth, both actions perceived to be attacks on the polis of Athens. He spent his time probing into individuals’ consciousnesses by asking questions with the end goal of creating an individual more in touch with justice and virtue, ultimately creating a more virtuous and just polis at large. His reflection culminates by comparing the state to “a great and noble steed who is tardy in his motions” and himself a pestering “gadfly” (31). The role of
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