The Unxamined Life In Plato's Apology

1038 Words5 Pages
In Plato’s Apology, the story of Socrates was portrayed. He was known as an extremely wise man who felt knowledge was power. Socrates lived his life by trying to do what was right and being a virtuous person. However, not everyone saw him this way. Socrates had many enemies and was not well liked in the city of Athens. Eventually, these enemies put Socrates on trial. As Socrates believed in the person he was and knew he had done nothing wrong he chose not to flee Athens. Instead, he went to court and defended himself. Throughout the trial Socrates told the truthful story from the Oracle of Delphi and how he tried to disprove it, he had many accusations against him, and he believed that the unexamined life was not worth living. One day Chaerephon,…show more content…
Socrates believes that in order to be truly knowledgeable you must know the subject with your whole mind, body, and spirit. In order to do this, you must pose a question with a hypothesis and further explore it. This became known as the Socratic Method. Socrates felt that this method should be applied to our everyday lives. He felt that people must constantly question the world they live in. Socrates also says that as you are living, it is not a question of living or dying but a question of doing right and wrong. He…show more content…
On his journey in court, he explained the person he was and defended himself to the very end even though the jury still sentenced him to death. Deep down Socrates always knew the good man he was. He says, “The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways – I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows,” (Plato, 1871, para. 75). This really shows how Socrates does not regret the life he lived or the things he had done. I really enjoyed this story as the lessons it taught were very enriching. Even though Socrates unjustly dies, he chose to live up to a high standard of morals and never give in to the pressure of

More about The Unxamined Life In Plato's Apology

Get Access