what defense does socrates offer against the charges of impiety and corruption of athens's youth?how, if at all, does pericles' speech provide evidence of hellinic preoccupation with human...

what defense does socrates offer against the charges of impiety and corruption of athens's youth?

how, if at all, does pericles' speech provide evidence of hellinic preoccupation with human individual, the life of the polis, and rational analysis?

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What defense does Socrates offer against the charges of impiety and corruption of Athens's youth?

Socrates had two kinds of charges against him. 

1) The Informal charges: He lead youth to investigate the physical world, so that they would not believe in the gods. He was accused of intentionally using bad arguments to do this. He was also accused of taking money for teaching others how to use this bad reasoning.

2) The Formal Charges: He was charged with corrupting the minds of the youth, and introducing them to new gods.

Socrates defense to these charges were:

1) Socrates claimed that he had no interest in physical speculation, so he could not lead the youth to investigate the physical world. 

2) He also claimed that he never accepted money from any one, and the young followed of their own will. 

I am not familiar with the second question, so I suggest that you post it again as a separate question and let someone else answer it. Good Luck!

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