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How did Socrates defend himself against the charges brought against him?

Socrates is charged with impiety. In Athens, this charge includes not believing in the Athenian gods, worshipping a false god or daimon, and corrupting the youth of Athens. Socrates defends himself...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2020 7:49 pm UTC

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What examples of the Socratic Method can be found in Socrates' Apology?

Socrates created what has become known as the "Socratic Method," a plan for determining the truth of someone's statements. Ironically, Socrates is on trial and awaiting a judgment of the death...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 6:45 pm UTC

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How is wisdom defined by the Socratic character in Plato's "Apology"?

The specific definition of wisdom given by Plato's "Apology" is in fact the subject of much debate, but it has some relatively clear elements. First, Socrates’ wisdom is contrasted with the...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 4:28 pm UTC

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Why might one agree or disagree with Socrates' assertion in Apology that the unexamined life is not worth living?  

Once Socrates' philosophical method began to inspire potentially disruptive questions and changes in the young people of Athens, the people in power become alarmed. They put Socrates on trial for...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 12:58 pm UTC

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What logic leads Socrates to the conclusion that human wisdom is worthless? What are two fundamental ideas that back...

For Socrates, an unexamined life is not worth living, yet Socrates finds the examined life to lead to the discovery that he has no wisdom. At the same time, the oracle of Delphi has declared...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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What are the positives and negatives of the examined and unexamined life, according to Socrates?

For Socrates, the examined life, the life of the philosopher, is the best kind of life there is. It is only by examining life, by subjecting it to rational investigation, that one can hope to...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 6:57 am UTC

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How can I summarize the purpose of Plato's Apology, and how it might connect to my life in a paragraph or two?

In this particular context, an apology doesn't mean saying sorry for something; it means a defense of one's actions. And in the Apology Plato presents Socrates defending his actions in front of a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 5:32 am UTC

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Define the "examined life" according to Socrates in Apology.

Socrates was sufficiently arrogant as to believe that he was among the wisest of men, certainly wiser than those who were sitting in judgement of him and prepared to sentence him to death. Yet,...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017 5:35 pm UTC

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In Plato's Apology, how does Socrates defend his practice of philosophy?

Socrates defends his practice of philosophy by stating that people misinterpret his actions. He tells his accusers that the reason he is too inquisitive is that he knows nothing. He is only trying...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 11:59 am UTC

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Give two examples of why Socrates does not fear death.

Socrates, in Apology, Crito, and Phaedo, gives multiple reasons why he does not fear death. Some are grounded in his own personal circumstances and some apply to all people equally. The first types...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 5:08 pm UTC

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Discuss how using context and knowing affixes and root words can help readers understand texts such as the Apology....

The Apology, as many Platonic dialogues, is concerned with issues of definition. The definitions, of course, are of Greek terms and exist within a Greek cultural context. To understand many of the...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2020 1:13 am UTC

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Do you think that Socrates should be venerated as a martyr for the philosophy on the basis of Plato's Apology?

Many of the 18th and 19th century writers who commented on Plato's Apology drew parallels between Socrates and Christ. Both expressed unpopular views, did not themselves write anything, were killed...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 11:47 pm UTC

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How (and about what) does Socrates speak at the start of his trial?

At the start of his trial, Socrates compares his speech to the speech of his accusers. Socrates is responding to the charges brought forward by Meletus and Anytus. Socrates claims that unlike his...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 8:21 pm UTC

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Why does Socrates think that death is not evil and should not be feared in the Apology?

The Apology of Socrates by Plato is an account of the defense of Socrates before the council of Athens, which is assembled as a jury to hear his arguments. His accusers (Anytus, Meletus, and Lycon)...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 1:07 am UTC

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What does Socrates mean by stating that the unexamined life is not worth living? What is the relationship of...

It is notable that so much of Plato's writing took dialogue form for the purpose of arriving at truth—and that Socrates engaged in the inquiry. The Apology is, in part, concerned with the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019 1:59 am UTC

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How can I critically compare the ways that truth is sought and found in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Plato's Apology, and...

In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Plato's Apology, and William Shakespeare's Hamlet the protagonists are all portrayed as searching for some form of truth. As you work on writing a critical comparison,...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2015 1:12 am UTC

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Looking at “The Apology” as Socrates’ last chance to teach the Athenians something, what do you think he tried to...

Socrates's main goal was to help the Athenians, specifically the council that ruled over them, realize some irrefutable truths about justice. He had been accused of teaching false religion to the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018 6:41 pm UTC

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What is the 'older' accusation Socrates is faced with? Why does he feel he must engage this accusation?

The older accusation(s) facing Socrates is that he investigates things that belong to the gods. In other words, he investigates cosmological questions of what the universe is and how things in the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2015 5:27 pm UTC

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Is the unexamined life worth living according to socrates? 

This famous line is attributed to Socrates by Plato, his pupil, in the Apology, which Plato claims is a recollection of the trial of Socrates. In context, Socrates means that he is incapable of...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 2:29 am UTC

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In what ways does Muhammad Ali fulfill a Socratic function in today’s society? Compare and contrast Muhammad Ali and...

In Plato’s version of the trials of Socrates, titled “Apology,” Socrates responds to accusations of the court of Athens put against him for corrupting the local youth. Socrates has spent his entire...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2016 4:16 pm UTC

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Explain why Socrates is qualified for the death penalty.

Athenian legal procedures were divided into two parts. The first part involved the jury voting on the guilt of the accused and the second part determining the penalty if the accused was found...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 12:18 am UTC

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How are the demands Socrates places on the jury related to his claim that he is only concerned with saying "what's...

In his speech to the jury Socrates tells his fellow Athenians that he hopes that the things he'll say in his defense will be just. For, as Socrates explains, it would not be becoming of someone of...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 9:48 am UTC

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In the earlier part of Plato's apology, Socrates has successfully dismissed the accusation proposed by Meletus. But...

In Plato's Apology Socrates is accused of searching into many things and then making "the worse appear the better cause." He is also accused of considering himself the wisest of all. Representing...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2014 8:37 am UTC

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What is Plato's Socrates and Aristophane's Socrates idea of Justice and law? Are they the same or do they differ?

Both the Platonic and Aristophanic Socrates expose the difference between justice and law through situational ironies. In Plato's Apology, Socrates is condemned to death by the Athenian democracy...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 1:44 pm UTC

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Explain why Socrates does not choose to serve Athens by means of politics and the public office.

In the Apology, Socrates refers to an inner voice, or "daimon," which has always counselled him not to seek public office. He says that this daimon was correct, since he knows that he would have...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 3:21 am UTC

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How does Plato's Apology reconnect Socrates's philosophical points delivered during his trial at the court?

Plato’s Apology doesn’t really “reconnect” the points made by Socrates during his defense at his trial. Plato’s Apology is not separate from Socrates’s defense; it is a direct account of Socrates’s...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2020 5:41 pm UTC

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Given the background of the Apology by Plato what do you think Socrates means by this and how is it relevant to the...

First, it is important to realize that both Apology and Meno were written by Plato after Socrates's death. They are not verbatim accounts of what Socrates may have said, but rather dramatic...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2018 8:21 am UTC

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Socrates has a strong relationship with a deity. How does that affect his relationship with his community?

In Plato's Apology and Crito, Socrates talks at great length about his daemon, some sort of divine being or sign that stops him from behaving in certain ways and is essential to his spiritual...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2012 2:18 am UTC

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Critically compare the way that suicide is understood in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and...

William Shakespeare's Hamlet accepts a fundamentally Christian understanding of suicide as a mortal sin. This means that even in the places where Hamlet reflects on suicide, he understands that...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2015 2:03 pm UTC

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