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What Is the Thesis of Plato’s Apology?

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

Socrates’ main thesis (as recorded in Plato’s Apology) can be summarized in his famous words “The unexamined life is not worth living”. Instead of having to defend himself for upsetting his fellow Athenians with his constant questioning, Socrates argues he should be celebrated for the public service he freely (and enthusiastically) provides. For a full, free and concise summary of Socrates’ arguments in Plato’s Apology, click here.

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