Socrates Essay

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Towards then end of Socrates life he was put on trial for religious impiety. His accusers claimed that he was an atheist as well as a corrupter of the youth. These accusations are unfounded as Socrates was a very religious man. He may not have bought into all the aspects of the traditional religion of the time, but he did believe in a higher good that he in fact dedicated his entire life to. While Socrates was on trial for impiety it had little to do with his accuser, Meletus, belief that he was impious but much more with simply getting rid of Socrates. One thing that would suggest that Socrates is a religious man is that in his defense speech he says that he is a religious man. This begs the question whether or not you could trust that a man on trial for his life. It is possible to consider his defense speech as trust worthy as he is not entirely concerned with winning his trial. This is made clear when not only after he loses the trial he comments on how it was actually much closer than he expected but also his refusal to offer a counter punishment that realistically could be accepted. Rather than trying to get acquitted he is using his defense speech to give an overview or outline of what he believes to be the purpose of his existence, which was to serve the gods. Socrates served the gods by holding dialogs with members of the society in the hope that they will realize while they believe they are wise really they know nothing. He believed that this was the task given to him by the oracle at Delphi, and was assigned to him because he knows that he knows nothing. Socrates would consider his service to the gods as holy. Its clear in his discussion with Euthyphro that Socrates does not see actions as holy because every reason that Euthyphro gives as to why something is considered holy is met by a contradiction. The one argument that is not met with a contradiction

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