Socrates 's Views On The Trial And The Long Conversations Held By Socrates

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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 can in an attempt to change their minds. 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…

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