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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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Manny
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 by doing the same thing to the
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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.”

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“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
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Manny
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?

OLIVA
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Mike W
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
Capsguy
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
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Mahdi
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
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Christopher
Jan 04, 2009 Christopher rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Steve
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
Anand
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.
Sara
"The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways - I today, and you to live. Which is better God only knows."
Ezgi
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
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Vikas Lather
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?
Kevin J.J. Carpenter
Feb 05, 2015 Kevin J.J. Carpenter added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: dialogues
This was divine. Truly, that is the only word that satisfies. "The Apology" is divine, and I will proudly turn my nose up to anyone who says otherwise.

I can't rightly recall if I read this while studying at University. I clearly remember reading "Crito", which is also somewhere on the same plane of divinity, and while I don't have specific memory of "The Apology", much of the text is strikingly familiar. Not that it matters, I could read this a dozen more times, and be equally impressed with eac
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Zadignose
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
Timothy Matias
Sep 07, 2011 Timothy Matias rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophy enthusiasts, polical scientists
Plato's Apology is an in-depth account of Socrate's trial, in which he gave his defense to the charges against him-- that he had led the youth astray, that he was an atheist (he did not believe in any of the Greek gods), and that he was corrupting the youth with secret knowledge of the heavens, and of dark magic. Socrates defends against these arguments with his "dialectic method" (also known in his honor as the "Socratic method"), making his very best arguments to show that the charges levied a ...more
John
There are a lot of issues raised by this short work, and it's hard to write a summary of it.

One theme is the notion of questioning our beliefs, whatever they may pertain to: civil society, democracy, government, patriotism, family, religion, ethics, even death.

Socrates, through his questioning, often seems to burst the bubble of long-held beliefs in the people he talks with. He seems to be inviting us to ask of ourselves: "Am I really sure about that? On what grounds?" He also would approve of u
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Moad
an extraordinary experience, of how Socrates - being different from the prevalent and epidemic ideas which is entitled to almost everyone - He sees in the oracle that he's the wisest of all men, but because he is truly wise he refuses to believe it. but since it is told by a god, he begins a journey to seek a wiser person than himself so he can prove that he is not the wisest, as he starts to talk to those who claim wisdom, he begins to debate with them one by one, exposing their foolishness, wh ...more
Jose Gaona
(...) Todas estas ambigüedades nos hablan de que la "Apología" es un texto incompleto, que nos presenta a un Platón en pugna consigo mismo, entre el respeto reverencial al maestro y la fidelidad fáctica, y que solucionaría en sus obras posteriores al servirse del personaje, honrando su figura, para transmitir su propio pensamiento.

http://conclusioninatinente.blogspot....
Jacqueline Hjorth
Well-written, eloquent and brilliant, although I'm still firmly grounded in my belief that I could be driven to crotchpunching if I had to listen to Socrates for more than a minute.
Genni
I love reading Plato, but there is a gaping disadvantage in trying to write a review on something that has been "reviewed" almost constantly and critically for 2000+ years. Oh,well. I have to add my enthusiastic thoughts/rating to the stream.

While reading, I thought of Paul in Athens some 400 years after Socrates was condemned to death. The legacy of the Greek philosophers lived on and Acts declares that "the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other th
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Pink
Plato and Socrates all wrapped up in one book, this makes me feel cultured....

It's really short, clever and thought provoking, so you should probably read it....

That's all the wisdom I can conjure up for this review
Michael
There is a talk about programmers in here.
Muhammad Arqum
O Athenians! Thou art OWNED XD
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
This is the third time I'm writing this review. First one was my fault, second effing GR's. Eff you! Eff you! But I'm a quite persistent and try as you might, you won't get rid of my review as easily, effing GR! It's just made me more determined to get on with it.

NOT INFORMATIVE, NOT A REVIEW. READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The jury finds Socrates guilty.

Me thinks the reason for that was not "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that a
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James
To do justice to the power and the historical importance of Socrates's infamously ineffective speech in the defense of his own life is impossible. This relatively brief piece of rhetoric, beautifully rendered by Plato and translated by G.M.A. Grube, is one of the most inspiring, aesthetically splendid, and darkly ironic works of genius produced in the entire course of world literature and philosophy. It's difficult for me, as it seems to be for everybody, to address the genius of Socrates direct ...more
Kristopher
I always feel bad rating these great works of literature so low. My ratings are totally subjective, just how much I enjoyed the book, and not intended to reflect objective merit.

"Apology" provides the foundation for reason and systematic investigation. It's historical influence may be second to only the Bible. All in all, a pretty impressive feat for such a short work. It's been so influential, though, that the arguments and methods it lays down have been expanded and improved upon over the pas
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Fatin
I apologize to all my followers for not being more active on Goodreads! This damn reading block still hasn't left me.

So, I did really enjoy this reading and I was enjoying the offhand insults Socrates was throwing at his audience and I would've given it a higher rating was it not for the sexist comments.

I do think it proves that people haven't really changed at all in the many, many years since then. I read Apology for a class assignment and our professor asked us if we thought any such man (o
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Abdul-mohsen Al-Qasabi
I philosophically enjoyed Euthyphro more, maybe because I'm too familiar with it without actually reading it before!

But one huge lesson still stands out of it, An unexamined life is not worth living!
i!
Extremely interesting from the Nietzschean point of view which takes the stance that Socrates, along with Euripides, kill old Greek culture and bring in Western culture as we know it, with its central scientific drill piercing the heavens, so to speak. From this footing, it is still a brilliant document, even frightening, which shows Socrates as no less great than if you agree with his dialectical methodology; an actor par excellence, both a martyr and suicide machine, in which the famous "life ...more
Jeff
Awesome quick read! I'll read this one over for sure. No wonder this has been so well-regarded for thousands of years.
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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.” 89 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.” 53 likes
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