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The Apology is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defended himself in 399 BCE against the charges of "corrupting the young, & by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel" (24b). "Apology" here has its earlier meaning (now usually expressed by the word "apologia") of speaking in defense of a cause or of ...more
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[Original review, Jan 11 2015]

Apology of Charlie Hebdo

To the Americans, who rule the world by brute military and economic force, while claiming they're doing it for our own good: fuck off.

To the Russians, who pretend they're not just the same as the Americans, except militarily weaker and less honest: fuck off.

To the Israelis, who take advantage of their American backers to enslave and torture the Palestinians: fuck off.

To the Muslims, who react to the exploitation and torture inflicted on them
Riku Sayuj

Double Jeopardy

“Be sure that if you kill the sort of man I say I am, you will not harm me more than yourselves.”


“On the other hand, if I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day, testing themselves and others — for the unexamined life is not worth living for men, you will believe me even less.”

Socrates, of The Apology is an eloquent figure who is an unrivaled guide to the good life – the thoughtful life, and he is as relevant today as he was in ancient Athens
Bookworm Sean
“Socrates is guilty of busying himself with research into what’s beneath the earth and in the heaven and making the weaker argument the stronger and teaching the same things to others”

So Socrates is guilty of expanding his mind and teaching his discoveries to his students. Such a terrible man isn’t he, to try to learn more about the world and the existence of mankind? Is this cause of execution, free thinking and questioning the doctrines fed to us? Plato himself was next to be accused; thus,
Apr 15, 2015 Mahdi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رساله ی دفاعیه ی سقراط در برابر دادگاه آتن که او را به اتهام "آوردن خدایان جدید" و "گمراه کردن جوانان" به محکمه کشیده بودند. بعضی از قسمت های دفاعیه عالی است.
دادگاه با اکثریت 60 به 40 سقراط را مخیر کرد که مجازات مرگ را بپذیرد یا جریمه ی مالی بپردازد. افلاطون که گویا ثروتمند بوده، به سقراط پیشنهاد کرد جریمه بپردازند و خودش حاضر شد مبلغ بسیار زیادی بدهد؛ ولی سقراط، طبق رفتار معمولش (به تمسخر گرفتن همه چیز) پیشنهاد بسیار ناچیزی برای خریدن جان خودش داد. این پیشنهاد ناچیز، به هیئت منصفه برخورد و این
Mike W
Oct 08, 2012 Mike W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best works of philosophy or literature ever written. It is Plato's version of Socrates's defense at his trial. The word "apology" here means defense. Socrates is on trial for his life for blasphemy and for corrupting the youth of Athens. He very easily leads his primary accuser, Meletus, into contradictions. And he tries to explain to the jury and to the spectators how it is that he gained a reputation as a wise man among some, and a villain among others. One of Socrates's adm ...more
Celebrity Death Match Special: Plato versus Isaac Asimov, part 4 (continued from here)

[A spaceship en route from Trantor to Earth. SOCRATES and R. DANEEL OLIVAW]

SOCRATES: Hadn't we already said goodbye?

OLIVAW: Forgive me, Socrates. I had forgotten that you were going back to a death sentence.

SOCRATES: It is easy to forget such details.

OLIVAW: I am truly sorry, Socrates. Indeed, I am surprised that my First Law module permitted me to do it. But you are just so... so...

SOCRATES: Irritating?

Jan 16, 2016 Τζο rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δεν μπορω να γραψω μια κλασσικη κριτικη για αυτο το βιβλιο,δεν ειναι δυνατον καποιος να το κανει αυτο.Εκεινο που μπορω να κανω ειναι να μιλησω για τις σκεψεις μου πανω σην υπεροχη Απολογια του Σωκρατη.
Ο Σωκρατης ηταν ενας ρακενδυτος φιλοσοφος που γυρνουσε εδω και εκει μιλωντας για αυτα που θεωρουσε εκεινος σημαντικα.Δεν θεωρουσε σημαντικη την προσωπικη υγιεινη,τα πλουτη και γενικα τα υλικα αγαθα,κυκλοφορουσε ξυπολητος και σε ζουσε πολυ φτωχικα.Ηταν το αγκαθι στο πλευρο της τοπικης εξουσιας διοτι
Nov 09, 2015 tyranus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Batı düşünce hayatının mihenk taşlarından biri kabul edilen Sokrates, ömrü boyunca hiç kitap yazmamış(!), hayattayken de diyaloglarının/tartışmalarının/derslerinin hiçbirinin yazılmasına izin vermemiş. Bu nedenle Sokrates'in günümüze kadar gelmiş herhangi bir eseri mevcut değildir. Ölümünden sonra dünyaya kitap yerine, kendisini sevip saymış ve anlamış bir insanı, Platon'u, bırakıp gitmiş Sokrates. Vefalı öğrenci Platon, hocasının kendisine duyduğu güveni boşa çıkarmamış ve nerdeyse tüm eserl ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Capsguy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek
Not even your Socratic arguing could save you. Such a pity that we still haven't changed, not in all of these thousands of years. Even though he knew he was doomed, he still did not submit and whimper like a coward, begging for mercy. When you are outside the grasp of power, no matter how well you try to persuade those to look into the right direction, if they, for their own gains are against it, you're screwed.

I don't know if I could do the same, be presented with life (even thought I'd be nea
Liz BooksandStuff
Jun 06, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plato and I are not buddies. I find him interesting, but also think of him as a lunatic grandpa with unrealistic views of the world. Therefore, he is not my favourite old Greek man to read, but this is his best. This is Socrates “apology” for what he did. Basically, Socrates invented philosophy, and then he was killed for it. I mean, they did not just kill him like they did Hypathia, he had a “proper trial” and all. Please, read the entire work instead of the short snippet, reading it in full ha ...more
Perhaps the most famous of the Socratic dialogues, the Apology (in the sense of apologia or defense before a tribunal) presents Socrates (469-399 BCE) as he defends himself against charges that he corrupted the youth of Athens and did not honor the proper gods. It is probably not a spoiler to say that Socrates was convicted and condemned to death. Subsequently, many of Socrates' pupils wrote their versions of the events and of the words spoken, though most have been lost. The Apology is a ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 26, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Plato’s account of his mentor, Socrates, as he met his accusers in Athenian court to defend himself against charges of blasphemy and corrupting the young.

Socrates makes short work of the weak arguments made by his chief accuser, Meletus, through logical deconstruction. What’s interesting is that the defence isn’t really of Socrates against his charges but of his life and philosophy, which is basically what the trial is really about.

His latest troubles began when the Oracle at Delphi ann
Sheyda Heydari Shovir
آپولوژی/دفاغیه رو البته واضحه که بیونانی نخوندم و ترجمهش بانگلیسی رو خوندم در نتیجه معنی نداره در مورد نثرش حرفی بزنم. بنظرم برای فلسفهنخوندها هم جالبه. حرفهایی که فلاطون تو دهن سقراط گذاشته بعضا خیلی تاملبرانگیز و احیانا بامزه ند و دیالوگ سرگرمکننده و پویاست. چیزی که هست با اینکه خیلی خیلی قدیمه و وقتی نوشته میشده حضرت مسیح هنوز بدنیا نیومده بوده چیزهایی درش هست که بنظر خیلی معاصر میاد، با توجه باینکه من بچه بودم فکر میکردم قدما گاو بودن و حالا که بزرگ و عقلرس شده ام هم نمیتونم آثار این فکر مسخ ...more
Auntie Pam
Oct 18, 2015 Auntie Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storico, abc, 2015
Ho sempre creduto di non essere una persona filosofica, che i filosofi fossero solo gente che non aveva altro da fare che interrogarsi se ci sono o meno e se io non sono allora cosa sono?
Insomma, per farla breve quando ero più ragazzina pensavo che certa gente non aveva nulla da fare e che i filosofi fossero tutti figli di papà. Adesso, sarà forse per colpa dell'età che avanza o forse per quel briciolo di saggezza che si sta infondendo anche in me, ritengo che certe letture siano dei veri e prop
Jan 04, 2009 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It's been a while since I read this. In fact, I wonder if I really ever did read it. Nonetheless, what struck me in this reading were parallels to the New Testament. Both Jesus and Socrates probed by asking questions, both ruffled the establish, both exposed dearly held pretentiousness, both were condemned by their countrymen.

Even certain phrases in Apology are reflected in the NT (though it could be an accident of translation): "to die is gain", "I shall obey God rather than you", "[do not] tak
Jul 06, 2015 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pero no es difícil, atenienses, evitar la muerte, es mucho más difícil evitar la maldad; en efecto, corre más deprisa que la muerte.

Primera vez que leo directamente a Platón (debería haberlo hecho antes) y me quedé con una muy buena impresión. Una cosa es que te lo comenten y otra muy distinta es estar cara a cara, si eso es posible.

El texto "reproduce" la defensa de Sócrates en un tribunal de justicia, antes de la sentencia que se le daría por una triple acusación. El discurso me atrapó con
Lila Dimaki
Sep 23, 2016 Lila Dimaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δεν έχω τα προσόντα και το θράσος να κρίνω τον Πλάτωνα,απλά θα γράψω ότι "το να έχεις την αισθητική του αρχαίου Ελληνα είναι τόσο σπάνιο,όσο το να είσαι μεγαλοφυία".Αφιερωμένο με αγάπη σε όσους υποτιμούν την κλασική παιδεία.
Melika Khoshnezhad
با اینکه تا حالا خود آپولوژی رو نخونده بودم ولی انقدر جمله های مختلفش رو تو کتاب های دیگه خونده بودم که انگار داشتم چیزی رو که قبلن خوندم دوباره می خوندم. ولی این دفاعیه چیزیه که آدم هر قدرم بخونه بازم براش لذت بخشه خوندنش. حتا اگه باعث شه غمگین شه. سقراط همیشه تو تصور من بابابزرگ مهربون همه ی فیلسوفان بزرگیه که بعد از اون اومدن.به خاطر همین آدم غمگین میشه وقتی می بینه چه بلایی سرش اوردن و بدتر از اون تمام حرف هایی که می زنه . تمام ناعدالتی هایی که ازشون میگه هنوز نه تنها وجود دارن بلکه شدیدتر ه ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways - I today, and you to live. Which is better God only knows."
May 27, 2013 Anand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good story and philosophy.

Never truly understood it when I first read it.

As I read it again, I understood what socrates wanted to convey and I understood on how good of writer plato was.

The apology should always be starting point for philosophy.
Saoirse Sterling
Probably the best of the 80 so far. Socrates was a wonderful man who knew what was what. It's a sad thing that the world hasn't changed since 360 BCE when he made this speech before he was *SPOILER ALERT* put to death for corrupting the youth with his truth.
Feb 29, 2016 Jaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Read in Swedish translation.
Brad Lyerla
Jun 23, 2016 Brad Lyerla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the APOLOGY this week in THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF SOCRATES: FOUR DIALOGUES published by Dover. The translator is Benjamin Jowett.

APOLOGY is Plato's re-creation of Socrates' summation in his own defense against the indictment that he corrupted the youth of Athens with his philosophical teachings. It is fascinating as much for the defiant and mocking tone that Socrates adopts -- certainly knowing that it would seal his fate -- as it is for its demonstration of rhetorical logic. In striking c
Noelia Alonso
I honestly don't know how to rate this book. I've been sitting here, for about 20 minutes, trying to decide between 2.5 or 3 stars. I liked the way this was written but at some points I felt like Socrates was a bit presumptuous but then again, he's probably smarter than the whole bunch of people there. Darn it, 3 stars it is
Aug 16, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wordsmith lovers
Beautiful, just beautiful. You can hear every word Socrates makes so much so that this should be classed as a readable audio book for the way the words inspire and fire the mind.

MORE Socrates and Plato if you will... Bravo, more,more (sound of audiance applause)
Those who haven't read this, or who may have forgotten their reading of Plato, may still be very familiar with the famous quote "The unexamined life is not worth living." Well, context renders it more poignant when you realize that Socrates said this in court, immediately after being convicted of a capital crime, when he was expected to plead for his life. He also elaborated, saying in effect that if his judges had to decide between exiling him to a place where he could no longer practice his ph ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Suki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did it! I read Plato. I survived. More than survived, really. I didn't realize Plato was so readable! I will assume not all his works are so readable and that one of the reasons that the Great Books of the Western Worlds placed this particular work as the first reading in year one is because of it's readability. This has given me increased confidence.

Paul sounds a lot like Plato. I'm not sure I would have connected that had I not also been reading Paul's epistles in the New Testament.

And so my
Víctor Galán
Mar 03, 2016 Víctor Galán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nos encontramos sin ninguna duda ante uno de los textos más importantes de la filosofía clásica. Escrita con una sencillez y claridad abrumadoras que le da un aire de absoluta modernidad, la "Apología de Sócrates" reflexiona sobre la integridad, la dignidad, la relación del hombre con la naturaleza y la muerte. Se trata de un escrito agradable (en medio día te lo terminas) que te enseña a amar la realidad con sus peculiaridades, rarezas, aparentes injusticias y conflictos constantes. Imprescindi ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Ezgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu duruşma adeta sürekli yapılagelmektedir. Bir defa olmuş ve sonsuza kadar tekrar edecek bir duruşma gibidir.

Sokrates sanki bu savunmayı tekrar bir mahkemede yapacak olsa, yargıçlar ve halk aynı sonuca ulaşır.

Ayrıca 501 kişilik olduğu düşünülen oyverenlerin 280 tanesi Sokrates'i suçlu bulmuş. 30 oy daha suçsuz olduğu yönünde kullanılsaymış beraat edecekmiş. Suçlu/suçsuz oranının bu kadar başabaş olduğunu ben bilmiyordum.

Görünüşe göre o, yaşamaktan ve ölmekten hiç pişman olmadı, hiç korkmadı ve
Vikas Lather
Dec 12, 2013 Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure whether or not I will be able to read a book after I die(I don't believe in concept of heaven) but this is the kind of book I would like to have while I'm alive; a book about what is pure?
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Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

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“I thought to myself: I am wiser than this man; neither of us probably knows anything that is really good, but he thinks he has knowledge, when he has not, while I, having no knowledge, do not think I have.” 117 likes
“For to fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise without really being wise, for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good that can happen to man.” 77 likes
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