Lecture 2 - Socratic Citizenship: Plato, Apology

author: Steven B. Smith, Department of Political Science, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Jan. 4, 2010,   recorded: September 2006,   views: 6374
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The lecture begins with an explanation of why Plato's Apology is the best introductory text to the study of political philosophy. The focus remains on the Apology as a symbol for the violation of free expression, with Socrates justifying his way of life as a philosopher and defending the utility of philosophy for political life.

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Plato, Apology of Socrates; Crito

Resources: Plato, Apology, translated with an introduction by Benjamin Jowett Courtesy of the University of Adelaide Library Electronic Texts Collection Plato, Crito, translated with an introduction by Benjamin Jowett Courtesy of the University of Adelaide Library Electronic Texts Collection

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Comment1 Louis Sisbarro, October 10, 2013 at 2:35 a.m.:

I am finding this series by Smith quite stimulating
Although my question are being met by questions and
solutions left in another place, which is probably the
intent of the course. I look forward to the remaining
lectures. The are quite stimulating to my thought patterns.
What is to be gained? Time will tell.
Lou Sisbarro

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