The Significance Of Socrates Trial

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If a person could go back in time to witness an incredible event in history where should they go? It would have to be something that has a lot of significance for them. One of the most significant incidents in history was Socrates trial in 399 BCE. His trial’s outcome has led to our knowledge of virtue and living a good life as it is known today. He is considered the father of western philosophy, and his prodigies would spread his beliefs and wisdom around the world. Socrates’ most famous student was Plato, and he wrote the Apology which is the recording of Socrates’ defense in his trial and the outcome from his conviction of charges. There are many perceptions of what happened and what he meant with his actions in his defense. Socrates was …show more content…
There are multiple explanations for his distaste of the sophists and these are just a few. A great justification as to why he disliked them was because “they were teachers who benefited from the market in a democratic city like Athens” (Stone 41). Sophists required payment for their teaching and they gained a lot of money that way. It was not something Socrates believed was a good virtue and it would not make a better society. He believed that improving the city and the people’s knowledge of virtue and justice was the best way to make them a better society as a whole. “Also, their participation as hoplites — or heavy-armed infantry — in the defense of the city had won them a share in political power” (Stone 41). They wanted control over the aristocracy, and they gained it by using the art of rhetoric and reason to be able to speak efficiently in the assembly. Socrates was not a big fan of the democratic assembly either, but they both had inconsistent ideas to help make it better. Also, it didn’t help that most people thought he was a little different because of his actions and his way of speaking. “It is hard to think of a better description of the sophistic character than as an exaggerated sense of wisdom combined with a desire for profit and fame” (Blanchard 438). Socrates wants the Athenians to believe in the right things and make them better people, and that goes against what the sophists consider as the meaning of virtue. As much as Socrates dislikes the sophists, they do not care for him either. “It is the tribe of Sophists in the jury that are most likely to bear him a grudge because of his activity in the Apology” (Blanchard 438). That is why they are more likely to hold his charges against him. Their disagreements in virtue and justice lead to their hatred of each

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