The End of Public Discourse

How the death of Socrates foreshadowed the end of intellectual debate

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When Socrates was sentenced to death in 399 B.C., he was charged with blasphemy and corrupting the youth; his accusers claimed that the Ancient Greek Philosopher was encouraging adolescent Athenians to become impious and to upend the status quo. This obviously malicious mischaracterization fooled no…