The Apology Of Plato 's Apology Essay

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The Apology
In the Apology, Socrates intent at his trial was not to prove his innocence, but to unveil philosophical truths to the citizens of Athens, as well as exposing the true motives of his confronters. Socrates is known as one of the most influential philosophers of all time, but he never actually wrote any of his thoughts down on paper. Most of what we know about him comes from the writings of Plato, who was one of his students/followers. And attended the trail. Plato s Apology is the principal text on which Kierke-gaard relies in arguing for the idea that Socrates is fundamentally an ironist. While the Apology is more of a speech than a dialogue, there are multiple examples of the Socratic method and the use of irony throughout the text.
At first glance it seems by the title that Socrates is apologizing for something that he has done wrong, and he is apologizing for. but actually the title comes from the Greek word “apologia” which was the defense 's response to the prosecution 's case, which in Greek was called the “kategoria”. It was therefore Socrates ' attempt to rebut the charges against him. Socrates did not believe he had done anything wrong because his teachings were to shape young minds. He didn’t think that he could get the jury to look from his point of view, he knew from the beginning that he was going to fail shown in this quote “Men of Athens, I honor and love you; but I shall obey God rather than you, and while I have life and strength I shall…

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