An Explanation Of Reason In Socrates's Apology

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The Apology The Apology is not an apology at all, it is more of a defense or an explanation of reason, the way a father would explain a life lesson to his son. Socrates was called to court in front of hundreds of his fellow Athenians, where he proved all of the alleged offenses towards him not only contradictions but completely erroneous, as well. He back-handedly apologizes for proving right the oracle Delphi’s statement; he is the wisest man in Athens. Socrates, alone, made all the men of pristine standing look like jesters. The Apology is a true testament of the importance of critical thinking and the necessity of the love of knowledge in the betterment of society. There were many reasons Socrates was called to court. However, the biggest…show more content…
His reasoning being he would rather die a martyr than live as a coward just as Achilles knowingly faced his death in Troy to preserve his beliefs and died a hero. Socrates does not regret his actions for it was a double-edged sword. Socrates feared, not death, but abandoning his post as philosopher and ending up in the same place; however, the charges being just in that he would not believe in the gods, he would have disobeyed the oracle, and think he was wise when he was not. If Socrates was going to be in court and die, he’d rather it be for being true to his soul and obeying the higher power. “No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew it is the greatest of evils (Cahn 35).” The unexamined life is not worth living is first explained when Socrates speaks about the trial. He said that “it is not easy to dispel great slanders” and could not be reversed in a couple hours and “if it were the law with us, as it is elsewhere, that a trial for life should not last one but many days (Cahn, 39)” Since the jury, the trial, and the court did not take the time to truly examine Socrates’ life it resulted in the verdict of guilty. Ergo “the unexamined life is not worth living for men (Cahn

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