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Socrates’ Defence

Book notes for “Socrates’ Defence”

Interesting, can see clear parallels to stoic thought. Find the style of argument rather un-rigourous however, compared to what we are used to in modern texts. Reminds of Epictetus (he was a big fan of Plato’s Socrates after all!).

Highlights:

What you should know is that if I’m the sort of person I say I am, your killing me will do me less damage than it does you; for neither will Meletus damage me, nor Anytus – nor could he, since I think it’s not permitted for a better man to be damaged by a worse one. He’ll have me killed, no doubt, or sent into exile, or stripped of my citizenship, and probably – I imagine he isn’t alone in this – he thinks of these as great evils; but that’s not how I think of them. I think it a much worse thing to be doing what he’s now doing, trying to have a man put to death without just cause. So as a matter of fact, men of Athens, far from defending myself, as one might suppose, what I’m doing now is actually defending you, so that you don’t make a mistake with the god’s gift to you by casting your votes against me. loc 302

there is nothing bad that can happen to a good man whether in life or after he has died loc 510