Was Socrates guilty? What is the relationship between the philosopher and the city? What does it mean to live an “examined life”? Marcus Gibson, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University’s James Madison Program, returns to the show to discuss The Apology of Socrates in this second episode of our series on the Platonic dialogues.

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  1. colleenb Member
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    Thanks for this series. It is helping with the Philosophy class I am auditing.

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  2. Antonin Scalia Podcaster
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    Thanks for this series. It is helping with the Philosophy class I am auditing.

    Wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that, Colleen. Thank you for listening, and best of luck in your studies!

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  3. colleenb Member
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    Thanks for this series. It is helping with the Philosophy class I am auditing.

    Wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that, Colleen. Thank you for listening, and best of luck in your studies!

    Thanks. I’m older so taking this class is really – er – stretching my brain. Heh. I appreciate any help I can get and your podcast helps me to understand Plato better.

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  4. Mark Alexander Coolidge
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    My first introduction to Plato was in a survey philosophy class at a community college. Not a good teacher. I finished that class thinking that Socrates was just an old guy asking questions he couldn’t answer.

    My true introduction happened in a graduate course on Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle’s Rhetoric being the course text. The professor had this extremist notion that we could grapple with text directly, and build the mental muscles, without resorting to secondary sources.

    I knew I had finally discovered Socrates when I read the Apology and it brought tears to my eyes.

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  5. colleenb Member
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    Mark Alexander (View Comment):

    My first introduction to Plato was in a survey philosophy class at a community college. Not a good teacher. I finished that class thinking that Socrates was just an old guy asking questions he couldn’t answer.

    My true introduction happened in a graduate course on Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle’s Rhetoric being the course text. The professor had this extremist notion that we could grapple with text directly, and build the mental muscles, without resorting to secondary sources.

    I knew I had finally discovered Socrates when I read the Apology and it brought tears to my eyes.

    The Republic is not at all what I thought it would be. Through Book/Part III and utterly amazed at Socrates.

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  6. texased Coolidge
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    Great stuff. Please keep this series going. Thanks!

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  7. Antonin Scalia Podcaster
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    texased (View Comment):

    Great stuff. Please keep this series going. Thanks!

    Thank you for listening! More to come…

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