Essay on Socrates And The Apology Of Socrates

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I believe, based on personal experience, that the majority of people don’t find pleasure in being wrong. I have also found that people dislike even more when someone else publically acknowledges their falsehood. This was the case back in 399 BC when Greek philosopher, Socrates, sought to find the truth of things and was charged, convicted, and sentenced to death. Because Socrates never committed anything to paper, the only glimpse we have to his life is through the writing of others, specifically those of his pupil, Plato, who recorded Socrates’ trial in a series of dialogues known as The Apology. Socrates defends himself against the accusations levied by his accusers and later, opens up to the jury, judges and spectators explaining his rationale motives behind his inquiries. Socrates spent most of his years assessing whether those who claimed to have wisdom truly had it. However, in this pursuit, he made numerous enemies among poets, politicians and craftsmen as he revealed their ignorance on matters for which they claimed wisdom. He also began spreading new, unheard of ideas on the nature of things, which caused confusion and query within the city of Athens. After being condemned to death, Socrates states his overarching proposition, that “examining myself and others, is the greatest of man,” and that “the unexamined life is not worth living” (38a). Through his vocation that “the unexamined life is not worth living,” Socrates puts himself in danger and threatens the…

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