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Plato’s ApologyGreg Johnson
This is a substantially edited transcript of a 1998 lecture on Plato’s Apology of Socrates. The translation is from Plato and Aristophanes, Four Texts on Socrates: Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes’ Clouds, trans. Thomas G. West and Grace Starry West (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984). Paraphrases are placed in ‘single quotes,’ whereas actual quotes appear in “quotation marks.”
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This was an enjoyable, original essay. You have a gift for explaining things simply, while not ever “dumbing down” the material.
The conclusion that “not everyone is suited for” philosophical enlightenment is something that rings true. Maybe most people could benefit by reading the Stoics, but I’m not sure mass exposure to Foucault, or even Nietzsche, has had a positive effect. Thank you for sharing this!
Thank you, Greg. I appreciate your essays on ancient thinkers. One improvement I think could be made – and perhaps this reflects more on my own laziness – is a brief introduction to Clouds, as it figures prominently here but its character can be only dimly inferred from the article.
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