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what does the term as saying that mean in sentences below?

Socrates is represented in Plato's Apology as saying that if the state spares his life on condition that he no longer teach as he has been doing, he will not obey.

Ethics - William K.Frankena.

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  • as saying = as one who says; Socrates is said to say that...
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To "represent" is to show, to create an image or picture.

When we say that A represents B as VERBing we mean that in the image of B which A gives us, B is VERBing.

In the picture of Socrates which Plato's Apology gives us, Socrates says that if the state spares his life on condition that he no longer teach as he has been doing, he will not obey.

A may also represent B as a NOUN or as ADJECTIVE, meaning that in A's image, B is NOUN or is ADJECTIVE

Plato represents Socrates as a hero ... In Plato's image of Socrates, Socrates is a hero.

Plato represents Socrates as courageous... In Plato's image of Socrates, Socrates is courageous.

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