The Crito: Should I Go Now?

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Ethics Paper The Crito: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? To complete this essay, you must first read Plato's dialogue The Crito. As you are reading the dialogue, highlight the main arguments you find. After a second reading, begin to summarize the main points of each of the speakers' arguments. To write the essay, begin by introducing the main question the dialogue considers. Then summarize each of the main arguments the speakers offer. For each argument, identify whether you consider it to be based on egoistic, utilitarian or deontological conceptions of morality and justify your identification with argument. There are at least three ways in which you may organize your essay. You may follow the organization offered in…show more content…
The charges were essentially trumped up, but Socrates was a controversial figure in the city. Also, his behavior at the trial did not make the jury very happy. The jury first voted on his guilt or innocence, and that vote was pretty close, but the majority voted that he was guilty. Then, he was given an opportunity to suggest a punishment, and his speech at that point apparently angered many of the jurors. Many of those who had initially voted for his innocence now voted for capital punishment.His suggestions for punishment included: being awarded a pension from the government for performing a public service and paying a very small fine. He specifically rejected the punishment of exile (leaving the city) which the jury would probably have been content with and may actually have preferred.If Socrates had accepted Crito's offer, he probably would not have been pursued by the Athenian government. Extradition from another city was uncommon, and many of the jurors would have been quite happy if he had preferred to leave. One of the reasons Socrates rejected Crito's offer is that he would not be abiding by his word; he had essentially been offered exile and had rejected it, and to self-exile himself at this point (only a few days later) would violate his unspoken oath to accept the punishment given by the jury. This would be a deontological reason--based on his duty to abide by his word to accept the punishment given and to abide by his earlier claim that he would reject exile.

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