Apology - Plato


By Plato

  • Release Date: 2008-11-03
  • Genre: Philosophy
Score: 4.5
From 500 Ratings


The Apology is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes. The Apology begins with Socrates saying he does not know if the men of Athens (his jury) have been persuaded by his accusers. This first sentence is crucial to the theme of the entire speech. Indeed, in the Apology Socrates will suggest that philosophy begins with a sincere admission of ignorance; he later clarifies this, dramatically stating that whatever wisdom he has, comes from his knowledge that he knows nothing.


  • A masterpiece

    By Ratpick
    I could re-read this forever. Makes Christ look like an impudent teenager, and one wonder what the world could have been like under different circumstances
  • Translation

    By Kgjk67
    The Apology has always been a great book. This translation tho… was a little off.
  • Brilliant discussion starting title

    By moma firefly
    Everyone is either Due one,0r Owes one. And persons attitude about apologies either way is very telling about their character.
  • On the Apology

    By izfgxkgxkgckhckhckkch
    This short defense is most inspiring. It shows how wise and noble Socrates was even when being wrongly accused of corrupting the youth and denying the gods of the time, facing a penalty of death. Socrates spoke only the truth and avoided inciting emotion on the judges to shift their judgements in his favor. Socrates admitted that making the defense more “eloquent” could have saved him at the cost of his pristine image.
  • Interesting, Thought-Provoking

    By ueuwiwwi
    Introduction was a bit long, yet informative. Great discussions on virtue, wisdom, death, and the duties of men. Loved it.
  • Wow. Just wow.

    By A.W. Reese
    Whether Socrates actually said this or not, this is a look into the mind of someone who values knowledge, truth, and justice over presumption, folly, and oppression, and who gives no f*cks about who that offends. It’s probably one of the earliest examples of a “Rousing Speech” in history.
  • May the content page be improved

    By FourierAnalysis
    Really moved by the speech. If where the main body starts can be marked or linked in the content page, it will be better.
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    By oooogwssw
    Guy yuufta is the ausxwccecq66:. I urec
  • What a drag!!

    By Rainbow Dash 
    For a 150-page book I felt like I was reading this for the same timespan between when it was written to this very day. Still not as bad as the Iliad though, so I'll give it 2 stars instead of 1.
  • Jason S.

    By JasonS8959