Socrates 's Views Of Civil Disobedience Essay examples
In the Apology, during the trial, Socrates goes on to defend himself by going through the accusations one by one; pointing out that he, is not the only individual who is a doer of evil.
“O men of Athens, that Meletus is a doer of evil in that he pretends to be in earnest when he is only in jest, and is so eager to bring men to trial from a pretended zeal and interest about matters in which he really never had the smallest interest”. (Plato, apology31).
By cross-examining Meletus, he is able to show the contradiction; if the laws of Athens are what make citizens a good influence, how is he a bad influence if he is a citizen of Athens. One man cannot be the only expert at bad and everyone else is good. Also, admitting that he would disobey the orders to give up philosophy if told to do so, shows he would justify disobedience because it goes against his…