Posining The Fly Essay

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Socrates liked to ask people questions to help them challenge what they thought they already knew. He questioned Athenians on subjects they rarely talked about, making them think about something they normally would not. He did his questioning out in the open where Athenians gathered so the public could observe and hopefully think on the subjects he was talking about. Socrates would question respectable Athenians making them look stupid too a crowd, because they would not know what to say. Making the person being questioned very angry towards Socrates for putting them in such a position. The people Socrates questioned were the same people who condemned him to death. Socrates was sentenced to death because people did not like him and they wanted to shut him up for good. There was not any real evidence against Socrates to prove the accusations against him. Socrates was condemned for questioning ideas that had long been the norm, and some of the Athenian youth copied his style of questioning for fun, making Athenians think Socrates was teaching the youth to be rebellious. The charge of corrupting the youth is unjust because Socrates did not tell the youth to copy him and he is not responsible for their actions. Socrates was simply stating his ideas to who ever wanted to listen, and he wondered how Meletus could think that by doing this he was corrupting the youth. "But do you still claim, Meletus, that I am corrupting the young by these practices? Now, we know, of course, what corruptions the young are liable to; so you tell me if you know of anyone who has stopped worshipping the gods because of me, or who has substituted arrogance for humility, or extravagance for economy, or drunkenness for moderate drinking, or flabbiness for exercise, or who has given in to any base indulgence because of me." "No," said Meletus, "but I most certainly know of those whom you have persuaded to listen to you rather than to their parents." (Xenophon, Socrates' Defense, 45)". Meletus, in this statement, acknowledged that Socrates did not corrupt the youth. Meletus was very willing to agree with Socrates' statement. Here, the truth of the charge is brought to question. Socrates does not appear to hold different religious views than the...

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