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Mallory Zaccone 01/29/08 PHIL 101.003 Response Paper #1 Dr. Boyle In the “Crito,” there are many arguments that Socrates makes that I believe are contradictory. However, I particularly noticed that when Socrates is speaking in the voice of the laws, he makes a statement about reputation that does not seem to fit with his previous attitude towards the majority and his reputation. Typically, Socrates says that it does not matter what the majority thinks of him or his teachings as long as what he is doing is just as he describes in his analogy of the trainer and the athlete on page 47. When he begins speaking as the voice of the laws though, he slips and unintentionally tells Crito that reputation is important to him. He says, “Will there be no one to say that you, likely to live but a short time more, were so greedy for life that
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Unformatted text preview: you transgressed the most important laws? Possibly, Socrates, if you do not annoy anyone, but if you do, many disgraceful things will be said about you” (pg. 54). Here he contradicts himself the most of any other argument made thus far because before he had told Crito, “[w]e should not then think so much of what the majority will think about us…” (pg. 48). So what then is Crito supposed to believe? That the majority’s opinion does or does not matter? And then, if Socrates is contradicting himself, how much of Socrates’ other arguments is valid? Why is a man who cared so little for his reputation before, suddenly concerned about it now?...
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