Apology - The claim that the Apology provides an accurate portrait of the thought of Socrates is usually made on the grounds that it represents

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The claim that the Apology provides an accurate portrait of the thought of Socrates is usually made on the grounds that it represents more or less what Socrates said in court, and that Socrates spoke openly and honestly about himself in this context.3 It could be defended alternatively on the grounds that Plato used the courtroom speech as an opportunity to present his own account of Socrates thought, once again aiming at producing an accurate intellectual biography of his teacher and succeeding in this aim. Either way, the argument is riddled with doubtful assumptions. Those who regard the Apology as fiction tend to go to the opposite extreme, seeing the Apology, together with the other dialogues, as outlining Plato s own personal vision of the essence of Socrates thought and way of life or that of the idealized philosopher.4 Some have gone so far as to claim that we can know almost nothing about the historical Socrates.5 The disagreement between these two views seems irresolvable, in large part because we do not know enough
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course MBA IT DOM1 taught by Professor Kviswanathan during the Spring '12 term at Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

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