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Plato, Apology
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The Charges Against Socrates 2 sets of accusers: 1. The “old accusers” 2. More recent accusers (formal charges)
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The Charges from the “Old Accusers” 1. Socrates busies himself studying things in the sky and below the earth -Here, Socrates is charged with concerning himself with inappropriate topics of study He replies by challenging anyone to testify to having seen him professing knowledge about these things.
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The Charges from the “Old Accusers” 2. Socrates makes the worse argument into the stronger. Socrates replies with a question: What would make people say this about him? His answer: He possesses a “Special Kind of Wisdom”
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Socrates' Special Wisdom What is the nature of this wisdom? Socrates knows the limits of his own knowledge. Something to consider: How might this wisdom be an advantage to a person?
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Socrates' Special Wisdom IMPORTANT: Socrates does not think that he is the only person who can have this wisdom.
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A Question to Ask Ourselves Socrates says that he is merely undertaking this mission to “serve the god”. Do we believe this? Is this really the only thing he's doing?
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The Socratic Challenge Socrates challenges his peers to think for themselves, and to be critical of beliefs, values, and ideas.
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Return to the Charges Against Socrates Now that we know about Socrates' Special Wisdom, why would people accuse him of “making the worse argument the stronger”?
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