Essay 1-Socrates and the Laws - 1 Core 102 28 September...

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1 Core 102 28 September 2014 Essay 1—Socrates’ Conversation with the Laws Word Count: 1000 The Laws as Pillars of Society To what extent is a person beholden to his or her society’s laws? Whenever there have been laws or decisions handed down based on those laws, there have been questions about the necessity of following said laws or decisions. In the dialogue Crito , Socrates delves into this dilemma in the context of his trial. Socrates’ most important considerations regarding the laws of Athens revolve around the fact that he is beholden to their decision because he was brought up under said laws and he chose to live his life under said laws. The necessity of such a reverence for the laws is called into question, however, when the laws showed themselves capable of being morphed into a vessel for the petty whims of men, not the quasi-infallible entities Socrates depicts. The first of the reasons Socrates describes to explain why he is beholden to the laws is the fact that the laws shaped his childhood and education—therefore deserve his reverence over even his mother and father. Socrates notes “your fatherland is more worthy of honor than your mother and father and all your other ancestors…you must treat your fatherland with piety, submitting to it and placating it more than you would your own father when it is angry” (73, 51a8-51b4). After explaining that, due to the societal
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