Sentence On Charges Of Impiety And Corrupting The Youth Essay

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Undeniably, the first wrong referred to above pertains to Socrates’ sentence on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth, being wronged by the men (not the laws) of Athens 54c. Although he explains the nature of his job, always concerned with justice and clarifies he is not intending to corrupt the youth and if he is indeed corrupting them it is not on purpose, given that corrupting the neighbor would result in then being exposed to a corrupt neighbor who might turn around and harm him, in which case an instruction would be appropriate, not a formal charge in court. Yet, as explained by Socrates, the charges are very difficult to counter, not because he is at fault, but because the jury is already convinced before even entering the courthouse as those who have accused him falsely “got a hold of most of [the jury] from childhood” (18b), and they “maliciously and slanderously persuaded [the jury]” (18d)
Intriguingly, the opening argument in quotes states “to do wrong nor to return a wrong is ever correct, nor is doing harm in return for harm done”, when referring to escaping prison and therefore the death sentence, could be interpreted as a way to define doing wrong and doing harm as both equal and unequivocally unacceptable. However, I believe there is more to this distinction.
Starting with not doing harm, this refers to the impact his escape would have on the laws, resulting in destroying the laws of Athens after having agreed to live by them for 70 years, breaking…

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