Apology by Plato

Okay, I admit the photo in the previous posting was too obscure.  I apologize that you never took Philosophy 101 and did not understand the reference.  I accept full responsibility.  It is of Plato who wrote the Apology, so it seemed appropriate for the posting, or so I was told.  I am sorry to have allowed others to take advantage of my trusting nature.

The Apology is Plato’s version of Socrates’ defense against the charges of corrupting the young for which he famously was forced to drink a tea of poison hemlock. He wrote it in the first person as if Socrates is actually speaking, but it is considered a philosophical discussion and was not meant to be courtroom accurate.

“Apology” as used by Plato is in the old meaning of a defense of beliefs or actions.  No guilt or regret is implied, as is still true with many ersatz public apologies today.



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My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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