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An Analysis of the Apology by Plato
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An Analysis of the Apology by Plato
Apology was written by a man known as Plato in 400 BC re-counting the trial of
Socrates in Athens. In the trial, Socrates explains the type of man he is and the kind of life he
leads. The apology is an irony because the word apologia, which has its origin in Greece means
‘explanation’ or ‘defense.’ It should not be confused with being sorry or even apologizing. It is
essential to comprehend two things concerning the apology. First, it is the theatrical, eyewitness
account of the defense of his teacher and friend. Secondly, the apology only tries to defend the
behavior of Socrates as well as how he lives his life. Socrates does not seem to apologize even a
single bit. He is quite unapologetic and shows no remorse. He takes the entire responsibility of
his wrong actions (Quillen, 2012). This essay seeks to analyze the read and highlight how it
relates to the contemporary society.
The opening sentence sets the direction and the tone for the whole dialogue. Socrates, in
the dialogue, attempts to recollect himself. Therefore, the apology answers the question of who
Socrates is. The wrong image of Socrates surfaced because individuals misinterpreted his actual
activities. During the entire trial, Socrates seems cool and collected. He terms it his responsibility
to enlighten as well as educate (Kolkey, 2017). The benefit of Socrates to the Athens is the
wisdom from the theoreticians, the astringent religion, as well as the poets. Socrates insults the
jury all for the sake of enlightenment. Even at that hour that is most testing to Socrates, he is not
seen succumbing to anticipations. He exceeds it and is seen to have a philosophical conversation.
Socrates is by no chance regretting his wrongdoing he is seen praising these actions as well as
justifying himself. He teaches the jury a lesson as though they were among his corrupt
supporters.
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Socrates teaches the youth to question which the most fatal thing to practice as a civilian.
The majority of the individuals view Socrates as someone who only does wrong. However, Plato
views Socrates from a different perspective. Plato views Socrates as a man who is too bizarre for
his environment. Additionally, he claims that the media can completely alter how people
perceive someone. Generally, Socrates was always campaigning of those thoughts which seem to
displease individuals even today. What the trial tries to put across is how the regime is willing to
get an individual who thinks freely on anything as long as they get you to be silent. Socrates was
an ideal victim to all these. According to Quillen (2012), Socrates employed his fate as an
example of the injustice that goes on. Instead of being apologetic he talks back which challenges
the government and the actual corrupters, the poets, the sophists, as well as the thought of
argumentation for ideal points of view. Scream at the top of your voice and you will be heard
regardless of what you are for, what matters is how you are for it.
In the Apology lies some of the most ancient and foundational questions of political
theories that are still examined to date. The Apology seems to critically examine the liberty of
discourse contrary to the status quo. Socrates greatly critiques the teaching technique in the
society of the Athenians. The young people were taught by elderly men who appealed to have
expert knowledge. Additionally, they charged the youth who was to learn under them. Socrates
was quite cynical about the knowledge held by these men (Quillen, 2012). According to
Socrates, the men did not hold actual knowledge, it was a mere claim.
Socrates believed that to acquire the actual knowledge individuals had to start from zero
and also question the imposing voices that existed and claim to be certain of the truth. However,
at that time, the idea posed a great risk to the status quo. Hence, the idea of questioning
everything would not be welcomed among Athens. The thought was seen to undermine the ideal
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method of instilling knowledge among young people. The method of enquiring would encourage
the citizens to form their personal views on issues such as politics. However, Athens stood firm
with the idea that for one to be a good citizen, they had to follow the limits set by the regime.
Nonetheless, the debate surfaced when one questioned whether questioning and raising concerns
according to the idea of Socrates made one a better citizen.
The sophist tends to stand with the idea that the only thing an individual should be
apprehensive about is to sway people. Socrates despised the idea adamantly thus he was seen as
an insane person for going against the supposed right manner of reasoning (Kolkey, 2017). The
trial was a limerick to the innovative thinkers who were bread by Socrates instead of the
substantial longstanding thinkers who were produced by the sophists. The deeper impasse
between thoughts that are standardized and free thoughts continue to infect individuals even in
contemporary society.
Now more than ever the theory of Socrates tends to ring ideally. The trial stands as a
timeless illustration of a role model who went ahead to pose a challenge to the regime and sought
the pure truth instead of a biased, untrue hologram, or obscurities projected onto the wall of a
cave. Apology is an interesting read. It is beautifully written as well as philosophical. It is a
concoction of literature and philosophy. The read is a foundational text as it discourses some of
the central and key questions that political (Kolkey, 2017)theories attempt to answer.
Conclusion
Apology is a defense rather than a regret. Socrates deemed himself responsible to
enlighten and educate. Socrates was constantly preaching of those ideas which seem to make
individuals unhappy even today. He was cynical of the knowledge held by the men who taught
the youth. He also had a strong belief in the power of questioning which a great mistake among
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Athens. The trial was a sonnet to the free thinkers who were bread by Socrates. The difference
between unvarying and free thoughts continues to infect even the contemporary society.
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References
Kolkey, K. (2017, April 11). What is the significance of Plato's Apology in terms of political
philosophy? Retrieved from https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-significance-of-Platos-
Apology-in-terms-of-political-philosophy
Quillen, E. (2012, January 22). Analysis of Plato's The Apology. Retrieved from
https://www.scribd.com/document/112494836/Analysis-of-Plato-s-The-Apology

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Running head: AN ANALYSIS OF THE APOLOGY BY PLATO 1 An Analysis of the Apology by Plato Student Name Institutional Affiliation AN ANALYSIS OF THE APOLOGY BY PLATO 2 An Analysis of the Apology by Plato Apology was written by a man known as Plato in 400 BC re-counting the trial of Socrates in Athens. In the trial, Socrates explains the type of man he is and the kind of life he leads. The apology is an irony because the word apologia, which has its origin in Greece means ‘explanation’ or ‘defense.’ It should not be confused with being sorry or even apologizing. It is essential to comprehend two things concerning the apology. First, it is the theatrical, eyewitness account of the defense of his teacher and friend. Secondly, the apology only tries to defend the behavior of Socrates as well as how he lives his life. Socrates does not seem to apologize even a single bit. He is quite unapologetic and shows no remorse. He takes the entire responsibility of his wrong actions (Quillen, 2012). This essay seeks to analyze the read and highlight how it relates to the contemporary society. The opening sentence sets the direction and the tone for the whole dialogue. Socrates, in the dialogue, attempts to recollect himself. Therefore, the apology answers the question of who Socrates is. The wrong image of Socrates surfaced because individuals misinterpreted his actual activities. During the entire trial, Socrates seems cool and collected. He terms it his responsibility to enlighten as well as educate (Kolkey, 2017). The benefit of Socrates to the Athens is the wisdom from the theoreticians, the astringent religion, as well as the poets. Socrates insults the jury all for the sake of enlightenment. Even at that hour that is most testing to Socrates, he is not seen succumbing to anticipations. He exceeds it and is seen to have a philosophical conversation. Socrates is by no chance regretting his wrongdoing he is seen praising these actions as well as justifying himself. He teaches the jury a lesson as though they were among his corrupt supporters. AN ANALYSIS OF THE APOLOGY BY PLATO 3 Socrates teaches the youth to question which the most fatal thing to practice as a civilian. The majority of the individuals view Socrates as someone who only does wrong. However, Plato views Socrates from a different perspective. Plato views Socrates as a man who is too bizarre for his environment. Additionally, he claims that the media can completely alter how people perceive someone. Generally, Socrates was always campaigning of those thoughts which seem to displease individuals even today. What the trial tries to put across is how the regime is willing to get an individual who thinks freely on anything as long as they get you to be silent. Socrates was an ideal victim to all these. According to Quillen (2012), Socrates employed his fate as an example of the injustice that goes on. Instead of being apologetic he talks back which challenges the government and the actual corrupters, the poets, the sophists, as well as the thought of argumentation for ideal points of view. Scream at the top of your voice and you will be heard regardless of what you are for, what matters is how you are for it. In the Apology lies some of the most ancient and foundational questions of political theories that are still examined to date. The Apology seems to critically examine the liberty of discourse contrary to the status quo. Socrates greatly critiques the teaching technique in the society of the Athenians. The young people were taught by elderly men who appealed to have expert knowledge. Additionally, they charged the youth who was to learn under them. Socrates was quite cynical about the knowledge held by these men (Quillen, 2012). According to Socrates, the men did not hold actual knowledge, it was a mere claim. Socrates believed that to acquire the actual knowledge individuals had to start from zero and also question the imposing voices that existed and claim to be certain of the truth. However, at that time, the idea posed a great risk to the status quo. Hence, the idea of questioning everything would not be welcomed among Athens. The thought was seen to undermine the ideal AN ANALYSIS OF THE APOLOGY BY PLATO 4 method of instilling knowledge among young people. The method of enquiring would encourage the citizens to form their personal views on issues such as politics. However, Athens stood firm with the idea that for one to be a good citizen, they had to follow the limits set by the regime. Nonetheless, the debate surfaced when one questioned whether questioning and raising concerns according to the idea of Socrates made one a better citizen. The sophist tends to stand with the idea that the only thing an individual should be apprehensive about is to sway people. Socrates despised the idea adamantly thus he was seen as an insane person for going against the supposed right manner of reasoning (Kolkey, 2017). The trial was a limerick to the innovative thinkers who were bread by Socrates instead of the substantial longstanding thinkers who were produced by the sophists. The deeper impasse between thoughts that are standardized and free thoughts continue to infect individuals even in contemporary society. Now more than ever the theory of Socrates tends to ring ideally. The trial stands as a timeless illustration of a role model who went ahead to pose a challenge to the regime and sought the pure truth instead of a biased, untrue hologram, or obscurities projected onto the wall of a cave. Apology is an interesting read. It is beautifully written as well as philosophical. It is a concoction of literature and philosophy. The read is a foundational text as it discourses some of the central and key questions that political (Kolkey, 2017)theories attempt to answer. Conclusion Apology is a defense rather than a regret. Socrates deemed himself responsible to enlighten and educate. Socrates was constantly preaching of those ideas which seem to make individuals unhappy even today. He was cynical of the knowledge held by the men who taught the youth. He also had a strong belief in the power of questioning which a great mistake among AN ANALYSIS OF THE APOLOGY BY PLATO 5 Athens. The trial was a sonnet to the free thinkers who were bread by Socrates. The difference between unvarying and free thoughts continues to infect even the contemporary society. AN ANALYSIS OF THE APOLOGY BY PLATO 6 References Kolkey, K. (2017, April 11). What is the significance of Plato's Apology in terms of political philosophy? Retrieved from https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-significance-of-PlatosApology-in-terms-of-political-philosophy Quillen, E. (2012, January 22). Analysis of Plato's The Apology. Retrieved from https://www.scribd.com/document/112494836/Analysis-of-Plato-s-The-Apology Name: Description: ...
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