Socrates: Crito's Apology

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Socrates In Plato’s “Apology,” Socrates is found guilty of corrupting the youth and not believing in the gods of Athens. The punishment for his crimes was death. “Crito” takes place in jail in which Socrates resides before his death. During this period, Socrates’ friend Crito comes to visit him and tries to persuade him to escape. Socrates, being the philosopher that he was, argued on whether he should escape or not. Socrates’ defense may seem fallible when compared to the “Apology,” yet his premises in “Crito” provide a solid ground on why he should not escape from prison while still holding true to the values set forth in the “Apology.” “…But violence against your mother or your father is considered an unholy act; and it is a far greater sin against your country (Crito 51c).” In Socartes’ parent analogy,…show more content…
First, the government is not like a parent; it does not keep a close watch on its citizens and neither does it always provide the best it can for its populace. Also, the persuade or obey theory can only work in a democratic or republican state of government. In a dictatorship, a normal person would find it extremely difficult to sway his or her superiors. Persuasion also takes a lot of skill and manpower. One person can’t always change the world; often times it takes large amounts of people, even millions of people. However, Socrates does leave himself a scapegoat, “Although we have brought you into the world and reared you and educated you, and given you and all of your fellow-citizens a share in all good things at our disposal … that any Athenian, on attaining manhood and seeing for himself the political organization of the state and us its laws, is permitted, if he is not satisfied with them, is permitted… to take his property and go wherever he likes (Crito
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