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The Apology The accusation held by the prosecutors against Socrates is impiety not believing in Athenian gods especially now when I am being tried for impiety on the indictment of Meletus From Socrates enemies point of view he is guilty of impiety for not supporting the religious views found in Homers Iliad and Odyssey Socrates believes Homeric religion as improper His accusers say that he is a natural scientist who only uses natural causes to explain things and he doesnt deal with claims about supernatural beings Although Socrates does not deny the existence of such gods they accuse him of impiety for introducing new deities into the city that the city refuses to recognize Socrates is unlike the Pre-Socratic Philosophers in that he believes in truth and has a great desire for finding out the truth And I swear to you Athenians by the dog I swear - for I must tell you the truth Some Pre-Socratic Philosophers do not believe in the existence of truth The sophists who are Pre-Socratic Philosophers taught eristics the skill of clever debate which aimed at winning arguments and legal battles at any cost and with little concern for the truth Well as I was saying they have hardly uttered a word or not more than a word of truth but you shall hear from me the whole truth not however delivered after their manner in a set oration ornamented with words and phrases Socrates According to the oracle at Delphi no man was wiser than Socrates He asked the oracle to tell him whether there was anyone wiser than I was and the Pythian prophetess answered that there was no man wiser The oracle generally gave ambiguous having more than one possible meaning answers Socrates was surprised by the Oracle because he did not think that he himself is the wisest of all mankind What can the god mean and what is the interpretation of
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