Plato's Socrates: reading the Apology and Crito in English

Plato’s dialogues Apology and Crito provide an excellent introduction to the enigmatic and provocative character of Socrates. Although several ancient sources attest to the historical figure, it is Plato who has given us the most memorable and enduring portrait of his mentor, who himself wrote nothing. We will explore why Socrates angered many of his contemporaries to the point that he was executed by the Athenian state, while inspiring others like Plato to devote their lives to philosophy and the search for truth.