In the series called “Plädoyer” (Final Speeches), lawyer and writer Ferdinand von Schirach will delve into what is probably the most spectacular legal case of ancient times: the trial against Socrates. In a lecture and reading he will pursue central issues that arise from the scandalous sentencing of the philosopher. Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will provide the musical framework.
(In German language)
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In the fourth century before Christ it was the Fall of Man in the dispensation of justice in Attic democracy: the trial and sentencing of the philosopher Socrates, who profoundly influenced western thinking as the ideal of European philosophy. “Socrates,” Cicero wrote in his Tusculanae Disputationes, “was the first who brought down philosophy from the heavens, placed it in cities, introduced it into families, and obliged it to examine into life and morals, and good and evil.” In 399 B.C. he was accused of impiety – a charge with which conservative Athenian society had already for a long time been persecuting individuals who threatened to upset the traditional structure of the local community.
That Socrates was truly executed in 399 B.C. provoked many of his adherents to defend him after the fact – not for nothing did Plato in his Apology of Socrates have the philosopher lead all the charges ad absurdum, whereas in so doing he attributed the cause of the trial (which Socrates did not flee out of respect for the prevailing law) to him showing the Athenians their errors and weaknesses and in that way antagonising them. At this season’s event in the series called Plädoyer (Final Speeches), lawyer and writer Ferdinand von Schirach will pursue in a lecture and reading central issues that arise from the scandalous sentencing of Socrates. Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will provide the musical framework.