Socrates Duty In Plato's The Apology

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As stated in Plato's The Apology, Socrates explains that his duty is to question the falseness of other men and expose their ignorance. By doing this, he had gained much approval from the youth of the city, but also viewed with hatred from those he had ashamed. Thus, their contempt towards Socrates resulted in him being on trial for corrupting the youth of Athens, as well as not recognizing the gods of the state, whilst creating his own. During the trial, Socrates attempts to defend himself by comparing himself to a gadfly stinging a “lazy” horse that is Athens. In this example, Socrates concludes that without his presence, Athens is likely to fall in to a manner of deep sleep. Only through his teachings can he be the one to awaken the city

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