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Socrates First Accusers and Athenian Law Of all confrontations in political philosophy the biggest is the conflict between philosophy and politics The problem remains making philosophy friendly to politics The questioning of authoritative opinions is not easily accomplished nor is that realm of philosophy the pursuit of wisdom Socrates was the instigator of the conflict While the political element takes place within opinions about political life Socrates asks the question What is the best regime and how should I live Ancient thought is riddled with unknowns and can make no such statement as how should I live The Socratic philosophy offers an alternative and prepares the way for the alternative of absolutes This alternative is not without its faults Socratic philosophy is plagued by a destructive element It reduces the authoritative opinions about political life but replaces it with nothing This is the vital stem from which the Apology of Socrates is written Because of the stinging attack on Athenian life and the opinions they revere so highly Socrates is placed on trial for his life The question now becomes why and in what manner did Socrates refute the gods and is he guilty Socrates himself speaks out against the charges by saying Socrates does injustice and is meddlesome by investigating the things under the earth and the heavenly things and by making the weaker the stronger and by teaching others these things This is the charge of the old accusers It is seen from an example in The Clouds Strepsiades goes to Socrates in order to learn how to persuade his son by making the weaker speech the stronger Why does Socrates remind the assembly about the old accusers It appears improper for a man on
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