Despite all the knowledge he held, Socrates considered himself to be ignorant because he knew there were things he could learn from. He brought this to the oracle and was shown that what he considered a lack of wisdom, the oracle called his greatest strength. Through acknowledging that he can improve and learn, no matter how intelligent he is, he is wise. While... ... middle of paper ... ...eks will face. Their goal in placing him on trial was not to destroy Socrates but rather to destroy Philosophy and free thinking, an impossible task.
The two works hold unique views about government, as well as opening the eyes of the Grecian people to the world as they knew it. In the Apology, Socrates was told by the Delphic Oracle that there was nobody wiser than him. With ancient Greece having been a prominent home of philosophy and art since before Socrates' time, the Athenian court found his proclamation both insulting and hard to believe. Socrates goes through great lengths to find the wisest of men and seeing if their reputations are in fact true. He hoped to find a man wiser than him to prove the oracles prediction was false, even Socrates failed to believe he was the wisest man.
I suppose that there is some truth to that statement but how much truth is the question. To be certain we must first familiarize ourselves with the individuals and subsequently examine the similarities between the two as well as the differences. In The Apology, Plato recounts the important speech that Socrates made during his trial. Socrates essentially explained how a prophecy declared him the wisest men of all. However, he concluded that he was wise because he knew that he did not know anything.
He makes a good case in saying he believes in gods and does so in a very logical way, again by leading the prosecution to agree with him. The problem with his argument is that he needed to believe in the common Greek gods to escape prosecution, not just gods and their powers. Socrates proves he is no Atheist by speaking of supernatural forces that must be the work of gods, his critical mistake is one line. “you assert, then, that I do believe and teach things relating to demons, whether they be new or old,” Socrates wasn’t on trial for Atheism, he was on trial for impiety, for not keeping the gods of the state. Socrates proves himself guilty in this moment.
Socrates pondered over the Oracle’s proclamation that he was the wisest person (The Apology 21a). Socrates attempted to find someone who was wiser than himself but he could not. Socrates realized that he was the wisest person because he was the only person who was aware of his own ignorance (The Apology 23b). Socrates took this as being a sign that the gods had a mission for him. Socrates thought that the gods wanted him to make other people aware of their ignorance.
He then goes on to explain why people believe he is abnormal to societies social accustoms. “I have gained this reputation, gentleman, from nothing more or less than a kind of wisdom.”(pg. 7). Socrates is not humble about his knowledge and wisdom he is trying to make himself feel qualified and is trying to justify that he is in fact wise instead of justifying why he is not guilty and barely touches upon why he should not be executed and is more concerned about his beliefs of wisdom. He then proceeds to explain that a democrat asked a priest whether or not there is a man wiser than Socrates and the priest replied with there is no one.
It began when his friend Chaerephon meet an oracle, or a prophet, in Delphi. Chaerphon asked the oracle if there was anyone wiser than Socrates and to which the oracle said "No one." Socrates didn’t take it like the oracle said, that he was the wisest wan on Earth. Socrates thought there was a deeper meaning towards it. Socrates decided that he was the wisest man because he realized his ignorance.
This standpoint emphasizes and underlines obedience. The people before Socrates are considered influential Athenians. These wrong doings Socrate is accused of includes not recognizing the gods, inventing new gods, and corrupting the youth of Athens. During the trial of Socrates, the court addresses issues such as his views on death. Socrates proposed that death was ultimately a good thing.
SOCRATES AND HIS OBJECTION TO THE SOPHISTS’ MISSION. Research Question: who were the Sophists and what was Socrates’ main objection to their program? Socrates did not dispute the fact that the Sophists were wise people, however, he believed that they were ignorant of their own ignorance and were unwilling to accept this fact. First of all, I would like to describe who the sophists were. The sophists were great orators and great speakers.
In The Apology of Socrates by Plato, Socrates presents to a jury the defense of his way of life. One of the strongest argument Socrates gives for his defense, relies on that of the Oracle who says “no one is wiser than Socrates” (Apology 21a). Since Socrates recognizes his ignorance and takes it upon himself to find someone wiser than him; this makes him the wisest man. In this essay, I will argue that his argument is valid because those who claimed to be wise, are truly ignorant in the eyes of the gods. In Apology, Socrates argues that he is not the wisest man.