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Ancient Philosophy Workshop: Why was Socrates charged with "introducing religious innovations”?

Lecture | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in location

Kirk R. Sanders, University of Illinois

Joint Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy

Xenophon’s Apology and Memorabilia frequently merit little more than footnotes in the vast scholarly literature on Socrates generally, and on Socrates’ trial in particular. The present paper belongs to a larger project in which I try to build a systematic case for Xenophon – and, to a lesser extent, against Plato’s Apology – as a source for understanding the nature and motivation of the charges against Socrates. My focus here will be restricted to the second of those charges (following the wording and order of Diog. Laert. 2.40), which, for reasons I hope to make clear, I translate as “introducing religious innovations”.