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Gregg Rainville Professor Edward DAngelo Philosophy 101 5 October 1999 The Trial and Death of Socrates Socrates was a great philosopher who had an incredible impact on philosophers of his time and even philosophers today He lived in Athens from 469 BCE to 399 BCE during the Periclean Age He taught his philosophy of life on the streets to anyone who cared to listen His philosophy basically was that everyone is responsible for his or her own moral attitudes He was a critic of democracy He asked simple questions that had difficult answers to people who were considered wise at the time His teachings were based on discovering the truth understanding life and talking about the elements that make up a good life Socrates was brought to trial with many charges for his teachings and philosophy Who would know that Socrates trial would have such an impact on philosophy today Socrates had various charges against him His court hearing in the story is called The Apology The main charges brought against Socrates were corrupting the young and not believing in the Gods in whom the city believes in Socrates felt the charges against him were absurd His responses to the charges were very complicated he states to the jury does the man exist who would rather be harmed then benefited by his associates29 Socrates is asking why would he voluntarily hurt his friends Socrates considered the youth students as his friends and why would he hurt his friends with corruption Socrates was just expanding the youths minds with his knowledge of the world I agree with what Socrates is saying Why would Socrates want to corrupt the youth The youth admired him and Socrates admired the youth I envy Socrates You know he stands strongly behind his beliefs if he would go out and try to teach his feeling and thoughts to the world Socrates tells t he jury for his self-defense
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