The Apology By Socrates

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Socrates was a well-known philosopher in Ancient Greek who was named the father of Western philosophy. Yet, the counselors and state jurors did not believe that Socrates was the knowledgeable man that the city of Athens claims that he is. Therefore, the state accused Socrates for depraving the youth of Athens, as well as creating new gods that were not recognized by the state. In the Apology, one can understand that it was not much of an apology or an acknowledgment of offense. Later on, Socrates is sentenced to death and later writes Crito, where his friend Crito endeavors to convince Socrates to escape his jail cell. Yet, Socrates’ actions in Crito are not so consistent with the dialogue that is found in the Apology. In the Apology Socrates…show more content…
For example, whenever he exchanged answers with The Laws it was an “you’re wrong,” where as it when it came to Critos it was an, “I can’t.” Socrates demonstrates that the conversation that each situation differed was that one was with an audience he could trust and one that he could not. Socrates had demonstrated The Laws that were unjust and had to come up with some “smart” way to get him behind bars because he recognized that both sides knew nothing, including him. He explains to them that their wisdom should be classified more as ignorance because all that Socrates has ever tried to do was to help the citizens of Athens. His goal was to influence the community on how one can live a more valuable life by listening to the truth rather than falsely accusations stated by the…show more content…
Because even though each action action he took predicted his future, he took into consideration everything that would happen after he opens his mouth. Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” And even though the result came down to Socrates being placed onto death row, he knew that everything that had occurred and that will happen was because God had planned it. He chose to live a life in which was just and righteous all the way to the end. Socrates understood that the only truth and wisdom could only come from one person and that was God. As stated before, Socrates explained that human wisdom was worth nothing and the wisest of all was God. That God was before all and knew everything before anything was created at all. And that all wisdom rebounds back to him. “ With God is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding. ” ( American Standard Version, Job

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