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(The) Apology (of Socrates) is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defends himself against the charges of being a man "who corrupted the young, did not believe in the gods, and created new deities". "Apology" here has its earlier meaning (now usually expressed by the word "apologia") of speaking in defense of a cause or of one's beliefs or actions (from t ...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
Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Θανάτωσαν τον Σωκράτη.
Θανάτωσαν το αρχαίο ελληνικό πνεύμα.

«Γιατί το να φοβάται κανείς το θάνατο, ω άνδρες Αθηναίοι, δεν σημαίνει τίποτε άλλο ή το ότι νομίζει πως είναι σοφός ενώ δεν είναι. Σημαίνει δηλαδή πως νομίζει ότι ξεύρει πράγματα που δεν ξεύρει. Γιατί τι είναι θάνατος, κανείς βέβαια δεν ξεύρει, μπορεί να είναι το μέγιστο από τα καλά στον άνθρωπο, τον φοβούνται όμως σα να ξεύρουν καλά πως είναι το μέγιστο των κακών».

«Μήπως δεν είναι αυτό δύσκολο, το θάνατο κανείς να αποφύγει, αλλά πολύ
Bookdragon 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,
Evripidis Gousiaris
Μια περίεργη λύπη σε πιάνει όταν διαβάζεις την συγκεκριμένη απολογία για το πόσο άδικος (η λέξη μπορεί να αντικατασταθεί με άλλες λιγότερο κόσμιες) είναι τελικά ο κόσμος.

(Από τότε δεν ξέραμε να ψηφίζουμε)
Λάμπρος Καντίλας
Αν έκανα κάποια φράση αντιγραφή-επικόλληση από το βιβλίο, θα έπρεπε να το αντιγράψω ολόκληρο.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This little ‘book’, a mere conversation actually, is the source of so many excellent quotes as to be indispensable to our Western heritage. I was reading a few to my dear husband the other night and he wanted me to send them to him. Sadly, we—as a society—want to expunge this type of literature from our children’s education because it was written by ‘dead white men’.

Oh foolish people! But then, that is also what Socrates died for—men’s fear of the Truth. It was the same back in Athens when he di
Mike W
Oct 08, 2012 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?

Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 15, 2016 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
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 07, 2015 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
Η Αθηναϊκή Δημοκρατία καταδικάζει τον Σωκράτη, έναν ἄνδρα σοφόν σε θάνατο και αυτό θα το πληρώσει σε υπόληψη και σε φήμη όπως λέει και ο ίδιος (οὐ πολλοῦ γ ἕνεκα χρόνου, ὦ ἄνδρες Ἀθηναῖοι, ὄνομα ἕξετε καί αἰτίαν ὑπὀ τῶν βουλομένων τήν πόλιν λοιδορεῖν ὡς Σωκράτη ἀπεκτόνατε, ἄνδρα σοφόν). Ο Σωκράτης, όπως και κάθε σοφός, είναι πάντα ενοχλητικός για την κοινωνία γιατί την κάνει να βλέπει το αληθινό της πρόσωπο και προσπαθεί να την βελτιώσει. Είναι, όπως λέει ο ίδιος δια στόματος Πλάτωνα, μια «αλογ ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 26, 2015 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
Liz Janet
Dec 20, 2015 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
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ένα από τα πιο έξυπνα και πιο καλογραμμένα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει ποτε... Είχα μια ιδέα για το περιεχόμενο του βιβλίου αφού διδασκεται στη 3ή λυκείου πιστεύω όμως οτι δεν του δίνεται η προσοχή που του αξίζει,πρέπει να διαβαστεί όλη η απολογία για να καταλάβει ο αναγνώστης οτι πρόκειται για ένα διαμάντι της αρχαία ελληνικής λογοτεχνίας.
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
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Ölümden sakınmak o kadar zor değildir, zor olan kötülükten sakınmaktır, çünkü kötülük ölümden daha hızlı koşar. Yaşlı ve ağır olan ben, ağır hareket eden ölüme yenildim, hızlı ve kötü olan suçlayıcılarım ise daha hızlı olan kötülüğe yenildiler. Şimdi ben, sizler tarafından ölüme mahkum edilerek buradan ayrılırken onlar doğruluk tarafından fesatlık ve haksızlığa mahkum edilerek buradan ayrılıyorlar."

"Artık ayrılma vakti geldi çattı, ben ölmeye, sizler de yaşamlarınızı sürdürmeye gidiyorsunuz. Ha
A Bookish ✧ Fable
'Do not be upset when I tell you the truth! No human can start an honest fight with you or any other public assembly, nobody can try to stop chrimes and unlawful doings without failing and going under. No, if anyone really should stride for what is right and keep life going for atleast a short period of time, then he must do it as himself , and not as a public speaker.' – Sokrates

(Quote translated personally from Swedish vers.)

This is Platos notes from what Sokrates was saying when he defend
Münibe Bilgiç
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bugün sabah aklımda bu kitabı okumam gerektiği duygusu ve nasıl desem, amacıyla uyandım. Bu güdüyü takip ederek kendimi bir odaya kapattım ve saat sabah 8'den bu yana neredeyse soluksuz bir şekilde okuyup bitirdim kitabı. Böyle dolu ve üzerinde düşünülmesi , zaman sarfedilmesi gereken bir kitabı hızlıca okumak ne kadar doğru bilmiyorum ama suç bende değil , gerçekten tüm diyalogları ve içerdikleriyle beni kendine esir etti kitap.
Genel olarak konusundan bahsetmek gerekirse, -bu kadar etkilendiği
Auntie Pam
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ölümden sakınmak o kadar zor değildir, zor olan kötülükten sakınmaktır, çünkü kötülük ölümden daha hızlı koşar."

"Herhangi bir alanda onların anladığı şekilde bilge ve onların anladığı şekilde cahil olmaktan kaçınmalı mıydım, yoksa onlar gibi (kendini bilge sanan bir cahil) mi olmalıydım? Hem kendime, hem de kehanete, "olduğum gibi kalmak daha iyidir" yanıtını verdim."
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
Jan 03, 2009 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
David Sarkies
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to David by: David Hester
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In defense of philosophy
1 September 2012

These days when we think of the word apology we usually connect it with us saying sorry for something that we have done wrong, however that is not necessarily the origin of the word. Christianity has a field of study known as apologetics, and once again, this is not necessarily saying sorry for the many evils deeds that have been committed under the name of Christianity but rather putting up a defense against attacks that are generally levelled against th
Apr 11, 2015 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 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.
Feb 23, 2015 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."
İş Bankası hasan Ali Yücel Klasikler dizisinin Platon çevirilerini böylece tamamlamış oldum. Aristoteles'in Atinalıların Devleti de dahil olmak üzere hepsi çok akıcı ve başarılı çeviriler. Kitapta, Sokrates'in Savunması esas olmak üzere eklenen diğer diyaloglarla -kronolojik?- bir bütünlük oluşturulmuş. Şöyle ki hakkında dava açılan Sokrates, bu meseleyi görüşmek için gittiği adliyede Euthyphron ile karşılaşır ve aralarındaki diyalog din ve dindarlık meselesi üzerine şekillenir. Bundan sonra sav ...more
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(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: أفلاطون) (Alternate Spelling: Platón, Platone)
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 philosoph
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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.” 146 likes
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