How does Socrates use ethos, pathos, and logos in Plato’s Apology of Socrates?

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Ethos, pathos, and logos are all examples of rhetoric, which is the art of persuasion. All three are ably deployed by Plato in his reconstruction of Socrates's defense speech in Apology

First, let us look at ethos . This is a way of appealing to an audience on ethical grounds to try and persuade them of the integrity of the orator's moral character. In making his speech, Socrates is keen to avoid the impression that he thinks himself superior to the members of the citizen jury. To do this, he starts by disavowing his reputation as a wise man. He recalls the time when the Delphic oracle pronounced him as the wisest man in the world. Socrates...

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