ethics

1. What are the two sets of charges against Socrates, and who are the two sets of accusers? How does he deal with each set, and is he effective? Why or why not? (Apology)In the Apology written by Plato there are two set of charges against Socrates. One charge is corrupting the youth. The second, is his belief of the gods in the city. The set of accusers include judges, senators, and Meletus. Meletus asks who improves the youth and who has knowledge of the laws. The answer would be the judges and senators, but Socrates says false and that he has knowledge. He knows the limits of knowledge. Socrates also says he has wither corrupted unintentionally or not at all. The people say he doesn’t believe in gods. But, how can someone believe in godly ways without believing in god? Socrates says if I believe in spiritual activities then I believe in spirits and gods. Socrates gives a long speech on his defense that he has to offer. In the end the jury finds Socrates guilty. Then he continues on to a proposal for his sentence. He rejects prison and counters with suggesting to pay a fine. The jury then condemns Socrates to death. I believe Socrates is effective explaining why he has not corrupted the youth and his believe in the gods of the city. Socrates believes in the truth and justice of his arguments, and of his way of life. I think no matter how he explained the situation he would have been sentenced to death.2. What does Crito want, and why won’t Socrates comply? (Crito)Crito goes to the Prison where Socrates is at the break of dawn. Crito wants Socrates to escape. He says to Socrates “For if you die I shall not only lose a friend who can never be replaced, but there is another evil: people who do not know you and me will believe that I might have saved you if I had been willing to give money, but that I did not care. Now, can there be a worse disgrace than this- that I should be thought to value money more than the life of…

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