Socrates Reflection

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The book retells the trial and the long conversations held by Socrates and his comrades before he is to drink the poison. Socrates views and ideas about the world were much different than that of the current population. These ideas led him to be accused of corrupting the young and creating new Gods while denying the existence of old ones [Plato 2]. He also speculates the heavens and the earth beneath, making the worse appear the better cause [Plato 20]. Socrates prosecutors called him an evil-doer and a curious person, who searches for things under the earth and in Heaven [Plato 51]. But, Socrates does not believe his views are wrong or even punishable by death.
The day of his trial, Socrates refutes his accuser 's accusations as well as he
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The philosopher starts his refute by saying that his reputation is associated with wisdom and this trait is seen as unlawful [Plato 22]. He who has wisdom and a sense of higher knowledge, should not be punished for it. All Philosopher who taught topics that are up in the clouds are charged with the same charges every single time [Plato 24]. As mentioned before, Socrates was seen as an evil-doer and a corrupter of the youth, but Socrates countered to the jury that Meletus is a doer of evil. He makes jokes about a serious matter and is too willing to take other men to trial on accounts of topics he has no interest in whatsoever [Plato 25]. The jury starts to question Socrates and he responds with philosophical questions to get his point of view across. His questions are worded in a witty manner that only himself can understand the full extension of the question. Therefore, when the jury answers the questions it puts them in a position in which their answers are used against them. For one intense, Socrates asked Metelus, “Do not the …show more content…
the unexamined life is not worth living for man?” is Socrates asking the jury if someone 's life does not leave something behind for others, is it even worth living? He believed for a life to be fulfilled, the individual had to leave something behind for others to grasp and carry on for generations. The thing that Socrates wanted to leave behind was his wit and views. He goal was to leave a mark or impression on others so they do not forget who he was. The quote sums up why Socrates was not upset or sadden by the fact he is going to be killed for his teachings. He is going to die over what he believed in and to him this is what life is

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