Unforgettable speeches: the Apology of Socrates # The Apology of Socrates is not about saying sorry but it is one of the great speeches in the history of philosophy. The Greek philosopher defends himself against his accusers and ultimately invites them to condemn him to death. Why does he do that? Find out this week on The Philosopher’s Zone. Transcript # Alan Saunders: Hello, and welcome to The Philosopher’s Zone; I’m Alan Saunders.