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This paper discusses how the purpose of Plato's "Crito" seems to be to exhibit the character of Socrates in one light only, not as the philosopher, fulfilling a divine mission and trusting in the will of Heaven, but simply as the good citizen, who, having been unjustly condemned is willing to give up his life for three reasons. It looks at how, in revisiting the already established truths with his friend and fellow philosopher Crito; Socrates makes a valid argument for seeking truth, justice and remaining a loyal citizen of Athens in the face of the greatest adversity, his death.
From the Paper:" Addressing public opinion, Socrates boldly asserts that it is more important to follow the advice of the wise, in this case the assembly and accept his fate than to abide by public opinion and attempt to flee Athens. Even when it is the public who may save one from death, their favor need not be sought, for it is better to live justly and to submit to the unjust ruling of the assembly. Socrates believes that one should not care what the majority thinks because those who are reasonable people will understand. However, Crito's counter-argument to this is that the majority can cause great harm; therefore we should care what they think. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Feiser, James. Philosophy: History and Problems. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003
- Stumpf, Samuel E. Philosophy: History and Problems. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
Plato's "Crito" (2008, April 23) Retrieved April 21, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/plato-crito-103146/
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