In Plato’s: The Apology Socrates was charged and put on trial for impiety, as well as accused of committing many other crimes. I will first explain the most important issues of why Socrates was sent to death. Then I will argue the position that Socrates is innocent, and should not be have been found guilty.
To introduce, Socrates was placed on trial and charged with the crime of impiety. Impiety is the lack of reverence for the gods and other sacred things. As well another major claim was that Socrates was corrupting the children of Athens. He also was believed to be an atheist, even though Socrates claimed to have a strong belief in the gods; he even believed “The god has commanded me to examine men, in oracles and in dreams and in every which the divine will was ever declared” (pg. 43). Socrates denied all of these charges and claimed his innocence.
The first issue Socrates was sentenced to death because he was found guilty of impiety. Socrates remained true to his belief that he was innocent of this charge. The reasons he gave for his claim were, he believes he is performing the acts of the gods, “And I think no greater good has ever befallen you in the state than my service to the god” (pg. 41). The fact that Socrates mentions the gods and believes he was performing good acts in the gods' name shows the false accusations in the charges of impiety. His guilty charge was made on false evidence, but because Socrates refused to stand up for himself and deny his beliefs of his philosophical lifestyle he was found guilty.
The second issue Socrates was found guilt was because he behaved arrogantly defended his innonoces, and philosophical views the entire trial. He truly believed he was meant to live a philosophical life and stood by his views even though his life was on the line. Socrates refused to have his wife and sons testify on his behalf at the trail. He claimed that he had a “Sufficient witness to the truth of what I say-my poverty” (pg 41). Not only did Socrates believe in his philosophical lifestyle but he also lived it; he claimed this as a reason for his innocence. As a result he felt that he should no expose his family to the trail and he would not, “Bring any of them forward before you and implore you to acquit me”(pg. 43). Socrates was found to be a stubborn man and therefore this had an extensive impact on...