Lecture on Plato’s Crito and Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail Part I Plato’s Crito Crito’s argument for escaping (1) Friendship (2) Reputation (3) Risk (4) The Value of Life (5) Family Responsibility Socrates’ argument for not escaping (1) About the opinions of many (2) Living justly (3) Never do injustice (4) Living in a city implies an agreement with the laws of the city. Part II. Martin Luther King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail Five Charges against Martin Luther King (1) Outsider (2) Causing violence (3) Untimely (4)Civil disobedience is wrong (5)Extremism Martin Luther King’s Response (1) Outsider He is the president of SCLC. Interrelatedness of all communities and states; injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (2) Causing Violence Racial injustice does violence to people. White power structure leaves the African American Community with no alternative. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension
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