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Notes on the Apology Socrates begins his apology (his defense) by distinguishing between persuading and convincing . What is the difference? Which does he associate with the Sophists?
The old accusations : (19b): “Socrates is guilty of wrongdoing in that he busies himself studying things in the sky and below the earth; he makes the worse into the stronger argument, and he teaches these same things to others.” Why would it be an accusation to say that Socrates “busies himself studying things in the sky and below the earth”?
At 20b, Socrates asks: “Who is an expert in this kind of excellence, the human and social kind?” This question returns when Socrates defends himself against the first of the new accusations. The Oracle (or god) at Delphi tells Chaerephon that none is wiser than Socrates. Socrates finds that hard to believe. Eventually, he puts this judgment to the test. Socrates questions the politicians , the poets , and the craftsmen , and learns that he is wiser than all of them, since he does not pretend to know what he does not know. This made him unpopular with many, but it also impressed many young rich men (including Plato). Socrates sees the accusations against him

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