The Apology is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes. The Apology begins with Socrates saying he does not know if the men of Athens (his jury) have been persuaded by his accusers. This first sentence is crucial to the theme of the entire speech. Indeed, in the Apology Socrates will suggest that philosophy begins with a sincere admission of ignorance; he later clarifies this, dramatically stating that whatever wisdom he has, comes from his knowledge that he knows nothing.
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We’ve all read this as young adults, it was wordy and we missed the point. Reading it at 26 brought tears to my eyes.
Well written with a nice introduction
Wow. Just wow.
Whether Socrates actually said this or not, this is a look into the mind of someone who values knowledge, truth, and justice over presumption, folly, and oppression, and who gives no f*cks about who that offends. It’s probably one of the earliest examples of a “Rousing Speech” in history.