Socrates goes public
Throughout lecture and discussion it was said Socrates is a very private man. There is this difference between the private realm and the public realm. While Socrates seems to always be in the private realm he is actually a very public guy. Firstly, he claims to have conversations and philosophical arguments and teaching one on one, very private conversations. Yet, others always seem to overhear which is what gets him in to trouble. He is charged with corrupting the youth. “The youth” makes up quite a big portion of any population not to mention everyone else in addition to that age group. Already Socrates is extremely public, he has had so many conversations with different people with different people listening in that almost the whole community knows his opinions on everything. Secondly, he continues and makes himself and his ideas even more public. Once he is put on trial the jury is made up of 500 people, plus everyone else watching in the audience. Considering how popular Socrates was one can assume the audience would be quite big, much larger than the jury. Therefore, now all his ideas are on display for the whole community. Not to mention, everyone witnessing gets to hear a full on debate between Socrates and Meletus. This is why i conclude Socrates operates in the public realm, not the private realm. If he truly was a private man then nearly no one would know his opinions let alone the whole community. In fact, while Socrates claims to keep his conversations private he knows full well they aren’t. Generally, people know if someone is listening in to their conversations, and Socrates acknowledges people do. However, he never says he stops people from listening in or stops talking until the conversation is private again. Socrates is public, and that is exactly what he wants. Socrates wants his opinions heard and for Athens to share them and go as far as to change laws based off them. Socrates objective is to get laws changed and when going about that laws are not changed privately, changing laws is a very public matter and it takes a very public man like Socrates to do it.