To begin with, Socrates philosophy can be divided into three principle components; Irony, method, and Ethos. Socratic irony can best be summarized as Socrates tendency to eulogize his examinee while undermining them. In a more modern context, Socratic irony can be compared to a professor, the supposed beholder of knowledge, who never answers questions nor bluntly explains them but rather throws questions to his students that are relevant to the course material expecting the students to answer. The difference between this eulogy and Socrates however is that he is not the beholder of knowledge; he himself claims that he knows nothing! The oracle of Delphi can be labelled as the source of Socratic irony; the oracle declared Socrates to be the wisest man in Athens, which in turn led Socrates to assume his role of confessing his own ignorance and proving his examinee’s to be even more ignorant. There are many examples of Socratic irony but generally Socrates tries to demonstrate ones ignorance by proving their ideas to be false. This in itself is ironic because Socrates who admits to know nothing refutes his interlocutor’s ideas; it is ironic for him to refute ones idea when he admits to knowing nothing. It also is ironic for Socrates to proclaim that he is the wisest man in Athens because he knows that he is not wise. The dialogue known as the Apology is significant in terms of understanding Socrates philosophy because it entails many examples of the three principles of Socrates philosophy. The Apology is essentially the speech that Socrates presents to the jury during his trial where he was charged on three accounts; corrupting the youth, making the stronger argument appear to be the weaker one, and for worshipping false gods. In his speech, Socrates employs what is called ‘Socrates ironic style’ to defend himself and refute the charges. For instance, Socrates invokes the oracle of Delphi to prove that he is not a corrupter of the youth. He argues that instead of putting him on trial, his persecutors should be thanking him since he is simply obeying the will of the gods. Socrates then attempts to disprove the second charge; making the weaker argument seems as the stronger one. To refute this charge, Socrates claims that he doesn’t not know the answers to his expressed questions. This is an example of Socratic irony.