Corey Gallant9/11/10The Trial and Death of Socrates Reflection Paper I was very moved by many of the things that Socrates said in Plato’s “The Apology of Socrates”. I am completely and totally convinced that Socrates was a man who was speakingthe complete and utter truth with every word he said as he stood in his own defense. I alsobelieve that things he claimed in his defense like he never intentionally corrupted the youth andthat he was not an atheist were more than things said to preserve his own life, they were whathe truly believed. I will attempt to show why these are the case by citing thing’s he is reportedto have said before and during the trial. I will also give my own thoughts on how he could haveprepared his defense in different ways which would have been more successful in coming out of the trial alive if that was his only intent. Finally I will explain how his way of thinking has helpedto form the type of free society in which we live today.Before Socrates’ trial he was speaking to a man named Hermogenes who was trying toget a glimpse into what Socrates would say in his own defense at his trial. Socrates declined totalk much about it. When pressed by Hermogenes, who insisted that it would probably be inSocrates best interests to consider what he would say to prove his innocence, Socrates repliedsimply yet powerfully,
“Do you believe I have done anything else all my life than think of it?”I feel that t
his statement was one of the most important things that Socrates said, evenalong side all the points he made in his trial. Though he did not repeat the statement in his trialhe did back it up completely by saying that he would not turn from the path of what he saw asright even when face to face with his death. He said it best when he said that even if he wasallowed to live and in exchange he would stop teaching the things in which he believed said,“
Men of Athens, I honor and love you; but I shall obey God rather than you”.
Ibelieve that this statement was one that in fact lead to his demise, but nonetheless paved theway to freedom of thought and expression in a time such as ours.He was a man who stood by his convictions, even to his death and that gives muchweight to showing that his prosecutors were in the wrong and should not have convicted him of crimes in which he was innocent.It shows that he never intentionally corrupted the youth because in his trial he couldhave easily presented his defense in a much different way than he did. He never claimed to notteach the youth to think on their own or to question the things around him but instead said that
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The trial of Socrates is an excellent source of events during the period in which Socrates lived and died. Athens was a democratic city with much pride in their freedom. Especially their freedom of speech. Socrates was a political philosopher who did not agree with these freedoms provided by the Athenic democracy. However, it is his trial in which both the democracy of Athens and Socrates himself show their hypocrisy. It is this hypocrisy that makes the trial and death of Socrates quite ironic.
Athens, the city in which Socrates resided, was a free democratic city that was governed by all citizens in a fair democracy as seen in apology. It was said to be an association of free men with no single leader or…show more content…
I believe that it is the fact that he rarely gave specific definitions that allowed him to be the large influence on his pupils that he was. Socrates was a master of good speaking. He thought that one should not be part of a community or city, but he or she should be separate from society.
Throughout the trial, Socrates acted as though he wanted to lose the case as far as I can understand. He went out of his way to antagonize the jury, making comments that associated himself with certain people and ideas that were offensive to the jury. He attacked the beliefs held by the jury, knowing that they held them dearly. He wanted to die. He wanted the death penalty.
The second part of the trial in Athens involved arguments over the penalty, which was also voted on by the jury. It is here that Socrates makes extreme suggestions in order to be sure that they voted for the death penalty. The jury had two choices for a penalty. One suggested by the prosecution and one given by the defense. Obviously the prosecution decided on the death penalty, while Socrates, according to the writings of Plato, originally made what could have been considered a “vulgar” suggestion. He wanted to be named a hero and be given free meals for the remainder of his life at the Prytaneum, the city hall and a place of honor. After changing his penalty once before, he eventually settled on a fine of 30 minas r, which would have been a reasonable option, had he not