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Name of student: Course Title: Topic: Lecturer: Date of Presentation: Q1: Socrates of the Clouds and Socrates of Platonic Dialogues The Aristophanes’ play The Cloud is a comedy depicting the teachings of Socrates in a Thinkery and was blamed for the prosecution of Socrates as a corrupter of the youth and non-conformist with traditional religion or gods and his eventual death conviction.
Eventually, the son is taught the unjust speech which enabled them to get rid of the creditors. However, the son also does not spare his father but gives him a beating due to a disagreement on recitation of poetry and justifies his actions using sophistry. The father gets angry and burns the Thinkery as well as chasing students away for deceiving him. What is then the difference between Socrates of the cloud and Socrates of platonic dialogues? These two present Socrates as two different individuals or an individual having two personalities. In the clouds Aristophanes portrays Socrates as an intellectual man who teachers others especially the young how to make arguments. This is contrary to platonic dialogues and especially in his defense (on the Apology) where he argues that he is not a teacher thus there is no way he can corrupt the young. He argues that he is not a wise man as revealed in the oracle by his friend Chaerephon. This he says is because he knows nothing unlike the politicians, poets and craftsmen. However, in the clouds Socrates is a knowledgeable man who has made a lot of discoveries. ...
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