Pols 250 Fall term readings part 2 (the Apology and the crito by Plato)
Trial of Socrates: claimed that he was guilty of corrupting the youth and inventing new gods.
o Socrates responded by saying that it is the result of the Oracle of Delphi which told him
that he is the wisest of all men.
o Scrates said that he is wiser simply because he is aware that he knows nothing. To
spread wisdom he says that he must question the wise men and expose false wisdom
Socrates doesn’t fear death
o One can only fear what they know
o Since he doesn’t know death he can’t fear it.
Meletos: The good influence the laws
o People and horses- All people have an influence on the youth
Not just anyone can improve a person. Just like only a horse trainer can
condition a horse.
o Meletos: Wicked people intentionally cause harm which causes detriment to other
o Sorates: if one does harm to society, you harm yourself as well
Those who cause harm unintentionally should be rehabilitated not put on trial
Meletos and Socrates on the supernatural
o Meletos: There are o gods
o Socrates: In order to believe in supernatural matters, you have to believe in