Plato, “Apology”


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Avatar dan says:

    Dunno if you’d be interested, but here’s what my old professor had to say about the Apology: His main point, as I take it, is that Socrates really is guilty of impiety and that philosophy, by insisting that tradition, social conventions, myths, folk wisdom and such defend themselves against rational scrutiny, is incompatible with the city. Not sure I agree but it’s provocative stuff. Very Straussian.Report

  2. Avatar sam says:


    “Not sure I agree but it’s provocative stuff. Very Straussian.”

    Yeah, my prof gave about the same analysis, and he was a Straussian (had us read Persecution and the Art of Writing before we started in on Plato). In the end, I became very skeptical Straussian interpretation of Plato. See Ryle’s review of Bloom’s translation of The Republic at NYRB – pretty much sums up how I feel about the enterprise: it always seems to end being way over the top. It wouldn’t surprise me if among Strauss’s nachlass we were to find something along the lines of “Je ne suis pas un Straussian”….Report