Week 6 (IA)

Raydreshia Benison

Introduction to “philosophical leadership.”

18 February 2016 (11:10 -12:30p) 1hour 30min

19 February 2016





So glad that the exam is over. I think I did fairly well on it but I am still a little nervous see my score.

20 February 2016 (7:44pm

Can I just say that I am so excited to start the stories of Socrates. I think it would be so cool to find out more about the man behind the legend. We are starting our adventure with Plato’s Apology. The story gives a play by play of Socrates defense in the court room.

Socrates appeared in front of the Athens court because he is being charged with …..

In the opening, Socrates states that even though his accusers words are persuasive enough to make him forget his our character not hardly one spoken word of it is true. He tells the courts that from him he will hear the whole truth by only using the word that has came to him at the moment; for he did not come with a speech prepared. He warns that he speech will be as very informal and compares it to be a conversation at an agora but ask not to be interrupted.

He starts with the addressing his first accusers, among them Meletus.

Slanderers accused by say that “Socrates is an evil-doer, and a curious person, who searches into things under the earth and in heaven, and he makes the worse appear the better cause; and he teaches the aforesaid doctrines to others.”

These shots to remind them that these accusations are not true. Although he has do something against the philosophers of Natural Science he would prefer not to be grouped with them. Unlike them he does not charge or is paid for sharing his knowledge as many of the teachers are. He continues by saying the wisdom that others that he possessed is spoken falsely it takes away from his character.

Next he calls a very credible witness, the god of Delphi. Tell the story of how a dear friend of his named Chaerephon who went to Delphi to ask the Oracle if there was anyone wiser than Socrates. The oracle than answer that there was no man wiser. Socrates was very confused by this statement so he went to find someone wiser. On this adventure he crossed paths with a politician whom he thought was wiser. However after sitting and talking to him Socrates realized that this man knew little to nothing but thought he knew everything.

Socrates became distraught from not receiving an answer on his quest for someone wise. He continued to question what the Oracle really meant and came up with his own answer:

“I myself possess the wisdom which I find wanting in others: but the truth is, O men of Athens, that God only is wise; and in this oracle he means to say that the wisdom of men is little or nothing; he is not speaking of Socrates, he is only using my name as an illustration, as if he said, He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.”


21 February 2016

22 February 2016

23 February 2016 (11:10- 12:30 ) 1 hour 30 mins

Today in class we discussed and reviewed Plato’s Apology. We started of the class with defining the word Apology that comes from the Greek word opologia. When looking at the word we came with four meanings: Speech, repentance, recognizing, and rejuvenation.

We discussed the trail of Socrates and his charges.

_ Eusebeia ( impiety)

_ Disbelieving in the Gods

_ Introducing new Gods

_ Corrupting the youth

Which he was find guilty or all accusation. When asked what he want his punishment to be


24 February 2016

Read Plato’s Apology of Socrates (note that the work is written by Plato but Socrates is the main speaker) and this summary of the Trial of Socrates on Wikipedia.

  1. Consider the following questions: How is Socrates a leader? Socrates is what I like to call a silent and humble leader. He is very self-aware of the things around him which makes him wise beyond his years. I noticed in his character that he doesn’t expect people to follow him, nevertheless this dose not stray away from his talent. I believe that every man was wise in their own way and understood that no one knew everything. He made sure that his knowledge did not cause him to be blind to his ignorance. He even states that the wisest person knows that they know nothing.
  2. How does he differ from a traditional political leader? In my eyes most moderate political leaders have a high level of grandiosity. As we have read an earlier MEDIUM articles having some level of grandiosity often equivalate a high level of success. Comes from the mindset that if you don’t believe you can do it how can you persuade others that you can. This is where Socrates differs because he is less worried about people following him and more curious about the gathering of knowledge.
  3. Who are his followers, either in theory or in practice?
  4. How does he get people follow him?
  5. What are his motivations for leading?
  6. Does he benefit his community? Explain.

Thursday, February 25: Tackling the question of how we know anything about ancient leaders.

  1. Reread Plato’s Apology of Socrates. Put the text into a word document and highlight the parts of Socrates’ account that you find fairly believable (green), somewhat suspect (yellow), and highly implausible (red).
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