defense on socrates

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Philosophy

 

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Marcia C

 

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April 22, 2016

 

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Similarly, in The Trial of Socrates (Plato's Apology), Meletus' fallacies in reason and his eventual mistake of contradicting himself will clear the accusations placed on Socrates. In this paper, I will argue that Socrates is not guilty of corrupting the youth with the idea of not believing in the Gods but of teaching the youth to think for themselves by looking to new divinities...
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This is the first mistake made by Meletus, as he makes the absurd overstatement that "every Athenian improves and elevates [the youth]; all with the exception of [Socrates]," who alone is their corrupter. Socrates goes on to defend himself by alluding to a horse analogy. Socrates argues that (P1) trainers improve horses, (P2) all others who simply ride horses, injure or corrupt horses, (P3) there are fewer trainers than riders, (P4) therefore, those who corrupt horses are in smaller number than those who ride horses and we can conclude that (C) people are corrupted by a majority rather than a minority...
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