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One of the most famous philosophers of all times Socrates was put to trial in Athens around 347 BCE in behalf of three major counts First of all he was indicted for corrupting the youth of Athens Secondly he was indicted for not believing in the gods in whom the city of Athens believed in thirdly he was charged for believing in other new divinities which were not traditional to the city In this paper I will assess the guiltiness and innocence of Socrates as portrayed on two major works the Clouds and the Apology I will give reasons to back up my decision on why I found the Aristophanic Socrates to be guilty on the three counts and also why I found the Platonic Socrates to be innocent in all the 3 countsIf one were to read through the Clouds one would soon start to realize that Socrates is nothing more than a buffoon a clown He while claiming to be a sophist does nothing more but to lead his students at the Thinkery astray with strange and easy answers to complicated philosophical questions He claiming to teach philosophy lead his students in morally wrong conclusions by means of teaching the Worse Argument which was the new view be the Better Argument which was the old traditional viewSuch was the case with Pheidippides the son of Strepsiades Pheidippides was transformed from a father-loving parent-respecting kid to a philosophical punk who had not even the slightest sign of respect for his own father In the beginning of the Clouds Pheidippides was just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary passion for horses Before he went to the Thinkery he could not even think to disobey or offend his father At a time when asked by his father Strepsiades if he loved him Pheidippides simply and sincerely replied By this Poseidon Lord of horses I doClouds 82But he was transformed to a vagabond thanks to the ability
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