The Apology Paper

The Apology Paper - Francesca Simeon October 2, 2006...

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Francesca Simeon October 2, 2006 PHIL-150-02 Writing Assignment #1 In Plato’s The Apology of Socrates, Socrates was put on trial for four charges against him. These four charges were for being wisdom filled, being thinker on things aloft, believing the weaker speech is the stronger, and teaching others for money. Above all else, he was accused of being an atheist. In the course of his speech, Socrates responds to the accusations. Socrates defended his life and what he believes through many points. Socrates envisions someone asking him, “Well Socrates, what is your affair (business, or activity)?” (20c). Socrates’ main objectives or affair were to defend himself by enlightening the court audience on his way of life and to explain how philosophy was not harmful. Socrates was accused of being a wise man. He talked about how this might have led to his accusations. In his mind, he believed that he spoke the “whole truth.” He explained, “Know well, however, that I will tell you the whole truth. For I, men of Athens, have gotten this name through nothing but a certain wisdom. Just what sort of wisdom is this? That which is perhaps human wisdom; for probably I really am wise in this (20d-e).” Socrates talked about how he was wise, so that is why he is on trial. He told others insight about things the average Athenian did not think about. He put questions into the thoughts of these citizens, and others did not approve. But the wisdom he spoke of was “human wisdom” and not super wisdom, where he would have to talk about things such as Socrates tried to set himself up as humble to the court with these explanations. He did not flat out deny the charge because he even goes on to talk about
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how Chaerephon asked the oracle if there was anyone wiser than he. He went on to say there is no one. Socrates went on to ask politicians, poets, and craftsmen about wisdom and concluded that he is wiser than them since they only know their specialty. The second accusation was that Socrates was a thinker of things aloft or
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