Was Socrates Justified In The Apology

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The Apology centered on Socrates’ justification of his actions in response to the accusations made against him by his peers, considering his dedication to the life of philosophy had earned him a fair share of critics and unpopularity. Pythian’s declaration regarding Socrates being the wisest of all was a starting point of Socrates’ defense. In disbelief because to the fact that he believed he knew nothing, Socrates was set to determine how an ignorant being such as he could possibly be named the wisest. He pursued this investigation of wisdom by striking a conversation with anyone he believed was wise. He approached politicians, poets, and craftsmen, however Socrates soon realized these people were not as wise as they portrayed themselves to be. Socrates was able to point out the flaws in these people’s statements by constantly…show more content…
For him, living a life of philosophy was the key to this said life of virtue. He was determined to live the life the gods have called upon him to have, which was to live a life that pushes himself and others to reach the “best possible state of [their souls]” (Plato 29e). This goes back to Socrates’ statement which read, “the unexamined life is not worth living” (Plato 37e). In his trial defense, Socrates had stressed his intention to never stop practicing philosophy. If he was forbidden to practice philosophy, he showed his preference to rather search for truths in the afterlife as compared to remaining ignorant in the world. Ultimately, Socrates claimed he held no grudge against his accusers. Upon death, he simply asked his accusers to disrupt future sons whom are consumed by selfish mentalities, the same way he had disrupted them. Up until the end of his life, Socrates was a man who showed great value toward living a life of virtuosity, and gave significance in putting virtue before selfish

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