Socrates Flaws In The Apology

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While reading The Apology, I have learned that Socrates is not actually sorry or apologizing at all. Meletus has bought to the jury several accusations against Socrates and he now has to defend himself to try to avoid the death penalty. When approaching the jury, Socrates announces that he speaks in a plain manner. I would personally take him announcing his way of speaking to the jury as somewhat of an apology, just so they would not think he was careless and disrespectful. He also makes a request that the jury be open minded to what he has to say and not go off of hearsay and/or ill feelings others have towards him. One thing that is mentioned is men from all over could partake in the voting of his fate, which Socrates felt did not make sense …show more content…
When you self examine yourself, you can question your good and wrong doings and hopefully improve them if need be. It seems like the people in Socrates times were very proud people and did not acknowledge their wrong doings or if they did not know something. Everyone seemed to be an expert in everything, but we know that is not possible. You have to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. If you are strong in one area than you should focus on that area, that doesn’t mean you can’t have your hands in other areas. With saying that, you should not be claiming to be an expert in everything that you do. Socrates mentions this during his trial, for example equestrians had no business being a part of a jury because that was not their expertise. A man who self examines himself would have known this and hopefully not have …show more content…
Socrates used his wisdom to try to educate others and enjoyed being around people to question them and educate himself. With doing this, it made him wiser and made people think more about being “just people” and with the ultimate goal to make them wiser. It was expected that people follow these laws that were given and not to question them. If anyone could be appointed as a juror and help make these laws, what makes them so knowledgeable and able to govern if it was not their expertise? During Socrates trial, he made a lot of valid points and still was sentenced to death. He was not afraid of death because he felt he had nothing to be afraid of. How could a person fear something they know nothing about? Of course this angered a few people and ruffled a few feathers, especially when he felt he deserved a nice meal served where the Olympians played their

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