Reflections on Plato’s Crito
Plato’s dialogues showcased Socrates love of truth and search for knowledge. Three of Plato's writings relating to the final part of Socrates life come from the earliest "Socratic" period: Euthyphro, the Apology, and the Crito. Euthyphro is a conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro about what makes something holy or unholy. Socrates stood charged with impiety--as Socrates prepared to enter the Royal Stoa to formally answer the charges brought against him by Meletus and other accusers (Jowette, 2011). The Apology is the summarized defense speech Socrates delivered before a jury of five hundred Athenian citizens.
The Crito is a piece that takes place immediately after the trial of Socrates while awaiting his execution for corrupting the youth and questioning the gods. As a friend, Crito suggested an escape plan which Socrates rejected. Socrates discussed his obligation to accept his punishment of death, however unjust he and his supporters might think it to be.
In their “Socratic Method,” Thomas Brickhouse and Nicholas Smith maintain that:
“…nothing whatever is said about the need for questioning any of the premises or for offering additional arguments for truth. Their continued agreement is sufficient to warrant the use of the premises in the argument. Given that the premises rest only on the fact that Socrates and Crito continue to hold them, it is more reasonable to conclude that Socrates has only shown that leaving prison is inconsistent with their long-standing principles and that remaining in prison is consistent with those principles.” (Brickhouse & Smith, 1994)
See below. To appease his belief in the government laws and the rules agreed upon as a citizen. Socrates does not agree to set the laws judgment of him aside. If you follow some rules of the government, you should follow all of them. One example Socrates gave to Crito is that he didn't disagree with the laws that allowed his parents to marry so how can he...