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we know that through his subtlety, he indirectly is able to begin his defense. In all actuality, Socrates completely doubted the claims against him and knew them to be totally false. The epitome of Socratic irony comes shortly after when Socrates reveals the reason behind his wisdom to the jury and explains, “that real wisdom is the property of God, and this oracle is his way of telling us that human wisdom has little or no value. It seems to me that he is not referring literally to Socrates, but has merely taken my name as an example, as if he would say to us, The wisest of you men is he who has realized, like Socrates, that in respect of wisdom he is really worthless” (Plato n.d.). Socrates explains that he is the most ignorant, the least wise and goes out to disprove the story from the oracle and yet ironically, he is the wisest among them by consciously acknowledging his ignorance. This subtleness is crucial and Socrates used this as a tool to leave all of his audience in a state of aporia. In addition, irony had been proven to be an effective rhetorical skill that Socrates knew how to use very well in The Republic . An excellent representation of this can be examined shortly into the beginning of his dialogue. Socrates stated to Thrasymachus, “But you see it is our lack of ability that is at fault. It is a pity then that we should far more reasonably receive
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