Socrates’ trial.

Imagine that you are among the jurors at Socrates’ trial. Your task will be to come to a decision on whether you believe Socrates is innocent or guilty.

You have been directed especially to consider the question of the danger posed by philosophy to the state (you may imagine that this is the state of Athens, or indeed of the state or government in general).

Hence, the record of your deliberations should include the following

1) a declaration of how you might have voted on Socrates’ guilt or innocence if you had been a jury member

2) a statement of the reasons that led you to this position.

3) An account of whether you think philosophy poses a danger to the state, and why.

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