Socrates Guilty as Charged
It was not up to Socrates to decide or encourage the youth in the manner that he did. Again through typical Socratic method he questions Meletus, in doing so he establishes “… that all the Athenians except for [himself] make young people fine and good, whereas I alone corrupt them”(Morgan 2005, 50), Socrates further tries to show through analogy that if everyone is improving something that it is impossible for one person alone to corrupt them. Socrates then makes the point that the charge is brought on because he teaches them not to acknowledge the Gods of the city but new daimonic ones instead and in doing so corrupts the youth, to which Meletus agrees.
Socrates attempts to convince the jury that he cannot be impious because he does in fact believe in Gods and to be impious one must be an atheist and believe in no God. Socrates asks, “ Is it that I teach people to acknowledge that some gods exist – so that I, then acknowledge their existence myself and am not an out-and-out atheist and am not guilty of that – yet not, of course the very ones acknowledged by the city, but different ones?”(Morgan 2005, 52) a carefully constructed argument by Socrates that does prove his innocence against the charge of impiety, however, does not prove that he has not wronged the city in terms of their Gods beliefs. The