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Platos Defense of Socrates follows the trial of Socrates for charges of corruption of the youth His accuser Meletus claims he is doing so by teaching the youth of Athens of a separate spirituality from that which was widely accepted Socrates argument was unique in that he tried to convince the jury he was just an average man and not to be feared but in actuality demonstrated how clever and tenacious he was He begins with an anecdote of his visit to the Oracle of Delphi which told him that there was no man smarter than he He being as humble as he is could not take the Oracles answer for granted and went about questioning Athenians he felt surpassed his intelligence However in questioning politicians poets and artisans he found that they claimed to know of matters they did not know about Socrates considered this to be a serious flaw and as Bill S Preston Esq put it that true wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing Socrates acknowledges the fact that he knows nothing at least in areas which he is unlearned in By knowing this he has obtained true wisdom according to the above maxim So in essence he maintains that he is not a smart man but the Oracle was not flawed in its testimony Socrates argues that he could not have intentionally corrupted Athenian youth through two premises The first being that he would certainly not want to live amongst those who have been corrupted- after all why would he want to interact with a society whose beliefs are askew And he supplements this with his second premise- if he did want to live amongst those he corrupted it could only be because he was mad and therefore unintentional He reasons that those who are mad should not be killed but institutionalized instead Socrates goes on to refuse changing his ways in order to avoid death for two reasons
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