Why does Socrates choose to defend himself in the style that he does?

After reading Plato: Apology, all (p. 21-44)

 

Choose one of these questions to initiate your thinking. Use evidence from the text to support your idea. (1 to 2 thoughtful paragraphs is good enough)

 

 

 

  • Why does Socrates choose to defend himself in the style that he does? What is he hoping to accomplish with this defense? Does he really think that he will be found innocent of the charges? Does he care?
  • Why does Socrates say that “a man who really fights for justice must lead a private, not a public, life if he is to survive for even a short time?” (p. 36 / 32a) Do you agree? Why or why not?
  • What does it mean when Socrates says that “a good man cannot be harmed either in life or death”?

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