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Socrates does not hate the leaders of Athens He says to them in Platos Apology Men of Athens I honor and love you As far as valuing and accepting their laws he does to a certain extent After Socrates tells them he loves them the philosopher goes on to say but I shall obey God rather than you He does accept the authority as long as it does not go against his own belifs On the subject of whether I believe Socrates was a democrat I found very hard to answer Socrates had completed the minimal requirments of being a democrat He had served as a council member and had been a senator He says he could never remain in the public offic but he did do his democratic duty It was Plato not Socrates that belived that a king should rule Socrates believed that just because you are powerful and strong does not mean you have what it takes to run a city In the Ancient Greece handout he says the strong rarley figure out what is in their best intrest and this cant be just since justice is a good thing So just like the democrats he believed a person should be taken in office for other reasons then power On the other hand Socrates believed what he was doing was much more important then holding office in government And this is not what the democratic leaders of Athens felt Socrates states that he had been a gadfly to the great and noble but sluggish Athens He said the people had benifited from his questioning He then goes on to say his punishment should be a free place to live and meals The democratic party of Athens did not agree They belived if you were noble and wise as Socrates claimed himself to be you should serve in polotics Another way in which Socrates went against the democracy was the fact that he
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