crito - he dies, if he breaks the laws he will be harshly...

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James Kowalski Westren Civ I 8 February 2007 Crito In Crito, Socrates’ friend comes to his prison cell and attempts to persuade him to escape. Crito try’s to reason with Socrates that he should escape but Socrates does not go for it. Socrates mentions the laws of Athens and explains that because he is a citizen it is his duty to adhere to them, it is a social contract that all citizens must abide by. He says that it is his duty to try to persuade the laws of the state to let him go. He says that when
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Unformatted text preview: he dies, if he breaks the laws he will be harshly judged in the afterworld. Even at the moment before death, Socrates is still teaching people. His decision to stay speaks volumes about his pride and character. It would seem that Socrates was put into a difficult situation, If he stays in prison it would seem that he was siding with his accusers, but if he escapes he would be acting against just laws. So through reasoning he figures it better to uphold the law ....
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course HIST 016 taught by Professor Ivers during the Spring '08 term at University of Iowa.

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