Philosophy: Socrates’ Apology

Purpose:

The purpose of this assignment is to give you practice in identifying arguments in a text, reconstructing them in your own words, and judging whether they are good or bad (Identify, reconstruct and evaluation arguments posed by philosophers) and to have you think about the philosopher Socrates, his times and methods (Identify a variety of ancient, modern and/or contemporary philosophers: Identify (A.)a variety of ancient philosophers
(B.)Identify a variety of modern philosophers
(C.)Identify a variety of contemporary philosophers). In doing this assignment, you will be practicing the skills necessary to understand debate topics, absorb and process new information, and learn more effectively from reading. 

Task:

In the Apology, Socrates is in court and accused of the thing:

Corrupting the Youth

There Socrates defends himself with an argument. Your task is to write a short paper (2-3 pages) explaining and evaluating one of these arguments (which could be seen as excuses). You need to:

Identify which accusation Socrates is replying to. (5pts)
Reconstruct and explain in your own words his argument. (10pts)
Evaluate the argument (tell me whether you think the argument was good or bad and why). (5pts)

Submission:

To submit this assignment, I only accept .pdf, .doc, .odt, and .docx. I do not accept .pages. You can find where to submit in the upper right of this screen. As for all assignments in this class, the standard is Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced, 2-3 pages (that is, at least a few words onto the second page to the bottom of the third).

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