How much do I want to read more? 6/10
This is a huge volume, so it'a not to be read from A to Z, and it's hard to read in 20 min sprints.
It would be nice to pick up my favorite parts. I know some are very valuable, but they are kind of lost in the mass.
In Apology, we can already appreciate the rigorous style of the author, his extensive emphasis for clarity and truth.
It's about Socrates being sentenced to Death in court for corrupting the young to new ideas.
Since they were written nearly twenty-four hundred years ago, Plato’s dialogues have found readers in every generation.
Plato died at the age of 81 in 347 B.C.
At some point in his late teens or early twenties he began to frequent the circle around Socrates, the Athenian philosopher who appears as the central character in so many of his dialogues.
all Plato’s dialogues do have a principal speaker: Socrates, an anonymous visitor from Elea, etc.
In each dialogue Plato focuses the reader’s attention on what the principal speaker says.
Plato never speaks in his own author’s voice but puts all his words into a particular speaker’s mouth.
this is my first appearance in a lawcourt, at the age of seventy; I am therefore simply a stranger to the manner of speaking here. Just as if I were really a stranger, you would certainly excuse me if I spoke in that dialect and manner in which I had been 18 brought up, so too my present request seems a just one, for you to pay no attention to my manner of speech—be it better or worse—but to concentrate your attention on whether what I say is just or not, for the excellence of a judge lies in this, as that of a speaker lies in telling the truth.
Finally I went to the craftsmen, for I was conscious of knowing practically nothing, and I knew that I would find that they had knowledge of many fine things. In this I was not mistaken; they knew things I did not know, and to that extent they were wiser than I. But, men of Athens, the good craftsmen seemed to me to have the same fault as the poets: each of them, because of his success at his craft, thought himself very wise in other most important pursuits, and this error of theirs overshadowed the wisdom they had, so that I asked myself, on behalf of the oracle, whether I should prefer to be as I am, with neither their wisdom nor their ignorance, or to have both. The answer I gave myself and the oracle was that it was to my advantage to be as I am.
They say: “That man Socrates is a pestilential fellow who corrupts the young.”
Socrates is guilty of corrupting the young and of not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other new spiritual things.