What does it mean?
Defense; an explanatory vindication of defense.
Socrates is defending himself against charges.
Structure of Apology: He claimed to have forgotten who he was
What are the First Accusations?
Commits injustice 19b-19c
o Questions the beliefs that are already set in place – challenging
conventional beliefs and norms
o Teaches these things to others – this is a charge of Sophistry; claiming
to falsely have expert knowledge and teaching students for a fee
He says “no I’ve never taught for a fee, I teach equally to the
rich and the poor, I’m not a teacher… etc.”
Real Source of the First Accusations/Slander (according the Socrates)
These are slanderous charges
He tries to explain what he does what he does
He says his friend went to the oracle and asked “is there any man wiser than
Socrates” and the oracle says there is no man wiser than Socrates
So he tries to find men