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Name of the Student Philosophy Name of the Teacher 7 November 2013 Socrates Apology There is no denying the fact that every year hundreds if not thousands of Americans stand witness to the malpractices and wrongs that are blatantly carried on in the institutions and organizations they work at, and choose to remain quiet for the fear of being persecuted for their honesty.
It goes without saying that the whistleblowers like Socrates give voice to the collective conscience of the societies they live in and happen to be the primary harbingers of all the truth and goodness prevailing in them. In Apology Socrates is brought to trial for corrupting the youth and not believing in God. Socrates responds to this trial by enunciating his point in a factual and straight forward manner, thereby declaring that though he happened to be a man of limited wisdom, yet he considered it to be his duty to question and test the veracity of the dominant dictums and dogmas prevalent in the society of his times, without being afraid or apprehensive of the eventual consequences of his so called audacity. Thereby in doing so Socrates sounds somewhat like the whistleblowers in the current times for a whistleblower is a person that exposes and reveals the facts regarding malpractices and evils prevailing in one’s vicinity or place of work, thereby exposing oneself to dire consequences, for the larger social good. In the Apology, Socrates position is akin to a whistleblower because he dares to speak truth in the face of the people who are not only responsible for his trial, but also carry the power of life and death over him. ...
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