Analysis Of The Apology By 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 …show more content…
He believed that by examining oneself and becoming self-aware of one’s ignorance, wisdom could be achieved. I believe that what Socrates was saying is that it comes down to how we choose to use our time and live our life that determines whether or not we are living fully and well. He is so confident in his claims that he says, “I would run the risk, having law and justice with me, rather than take part in your injustice because I feared imprisonment and death” (32b-c). That being said, Socrates believed that, by holding his tongue and forgoing his pursuit of the truth, he would be doing Athenian society an injustice. I agree with his vocation because I think that it is more rewarding to have the freedom to seek what is true instead of conforming and living according to

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