Education: San Quentin v. Socrates

In a bleak, green-walled hall of California's San Quentin Prison one day last week, an odd sort of jury—two murderers, one sex offender, assorted thieves and forgers—solemnly took their places at a table before an audience of fellow convicts. The case before them was an old one: Athens v. Socrates. The evidence: Plato's Apology, in which Socrates defends himself against charges of corrupting the youth of the city, and the Crito, in which the old prisoner refuses a chance to escape.

The 13-man jury had thumbed the evidence carefully, and all had their arguments ready: San Quentin, like hundreds of other U.S....

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