Socrates on Wisdom – a short reading from the ‘Apology’ by Plato

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“He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.” Introduction: In the year 399 B.C., in Athens, Socrates was brought to trial on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth. He was found guilty and condemned to death. The Apology, written by Plato, is an account of Socrates’ trial. In this passage, Socrates explains how he came to be hated by a large portion of Athenian society as a result of testing an oracle’s claim that he was the wisest man …