How do you know what Socrates means? Does Socrates mean it when he proposes that he should be honored with a feast in punishment for his crimes? Does he mean it when he proposes Athens will suffer more from their verdict than he will? Does he mean it when he says he knows nothing? What does it even mean to know you know nothing? Does he know that the unexamined life is not worth living? How does he know that, if he does? How does he know that nobody can knowingly harm another? If a sophist accepts fees, what does it mean when Socrates accepts the contributions of his students to pay in penalty to Athens as he does? Is Socrates really even defending himself? What else might he be up to? Was Socrates wrong to withdraw from public life for fear that public life would kill him since his pedagogical practice has condemned him to death anyway, or did his pedagogical practice give the lie to his pretense that he had withdrawn from public life when all is said and done? If he corrupted the youth of Athens in conversing with them, is he corrupting the rest of Athens in defending himself as he does?
Discuss amongst yourselves.