Examine Callicles’ attack against Socrates and the philosophical life in the Gorgias. What is Socrates’ defense against this argument, and why does he continue to engage in philosophy even at great risk to himself?
Things to consider when forming your argument:
You should use quotes from both the Apology and the Gorgias texts as evidence to support your argumentative claims
How does Socrates examine his life and that of others? What, in his opinion, are the consequences of not examining one’s life?
Think about his argument in the Gorgias in defense of philosophy as well as his quest for knowledge in the Apology(e.g. 38a: the “unexamined life is not worth living”)
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