Apology- Plato

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Corruption of Youth “Socrates is a doer of evil and corrupter of the youth, and he does not believe in the gods of the state. He has other new divinities of his own.”(Apology 41) In The Apology, by Plato, these are the accusations brought against Socrates during his trial. Socrates claims that he did not consciously corrupt the youth of Athens, and he gives many reasons why he is not at fault for their actions. In Socrates defense to the jury, he claims that by looking at the facts, the jury will see that Meletus is accusing him of something that is not his fault. Socrates states that he is not responsible for the corruption of the youth, because he was not aware that he was leading them astray. Meletus and Socrates do not have the same definition of corruption. Meletus claims that what Socrates is doing is wrong. Meletus views the corruption of the youth as Socrates telling the children to believe in certain gods contrary to what gods the public believes in. Socrates says that he is not corrupting the youth, because that would mean he was harming them and he knows that he is not. Socrates’ defense is well-thought out and logical. Socrates asks Meletus a question, Meletus answers and then Socrates moves on to t Continue...

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Instead, he would criticize the leaders of the government, by claiming that they lack intelligence, even though they think they are wise. Socrates thinks that simply presenting a point to the jury, without convincing them is enough. Any way it is looked at, Melatus' accusations are false. According to the defense presented by Socrates, he is not responsible for misleading or misinforming the youth of Athens. Socrates does a fine job of defending himself in The Apology. I do not believe he would have followed Meletus' wishes without any questions or problems. This message that good people do! good things is irrelevant to the case and is not necessary for Socrates to include in his defense. but you just admitted that the good do their neighbors good, and the evil do them evil (Apology 42) I do not agree with this claim from Meletus. In this instance, Socrates had made a mockery of Meletus by having him state to the jury that Socrates, alone, is the corrupter of youth and all of the other Athenians improve them. I do not believe this is a reliable statement at all times, although I do understand that it is possible for a person to be hurt after he hurts another. He contradicts his own testimony and his case has other imperfections.


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