Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 41

Did a biased jury convict Plato’s Socrates?

Emmanuel K. Ackah
  • Emmanuel K. Ackah
  • Department of Classics, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 01 November 2005
  •  Accepted: 30 November 2005
  •  Published: 31 December 2005

Abstract

It is a matter of scholarly controversy how much of Socrates’ conviction of impiety and for corrupting the youths could be blamed on Socrates’ own defense, on the strength of the persecution’s argument, which has not survived, on prejudicial pre-trial slanders against Socrates . At a point in his trial, Socrates was convinced - and he effectively told the jury this – that he has ably disposed of the charges brought against him and that if he is convicted, it will be the result of judicial bias, namely, of the enduring prejudicial pre-trial slanders against him. The burden of this paper is to examine the verifiability of Socrates’ claim, that a biased jury convicted him.