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Monique Apodaca October 10, 2007 Philosophy 101 “I Knew Socrates…He Was a Prick!” What I believe to be one of Plato’s most interesting discussions of ethics and reasoning is the Crito. Socrates has just been sentenced to seemly unjust charges and inevitability an unjust death. Socrates’ charges consisted of impiety and corruption of the youth. Socrates’ friend Crito has come to Socrates’ cell to help him escape; a task which he initially believed would be easy. Even though Socrates adamantly believes his arguments were convincing and legitimate, he also believes escaping the unjust law of Athens in itself is unjust. Socrates maintains loyalty to the city that not only gave birth to him but his entire family, whether he believes their decision to be unjust or bias. Socrates continues to list his own reasoning as to why he should face death with a clean conscious and Crito must leave the cell alone, puzzled as to the reasoning behind it all. Plato’s Crito is not only a moral debate between Socrates and Crito, but an object of reason for those who have followed Socrates throughout his life and who continue to do so today. The debate between Crito and Socrates is quite confusing at times and is not easily interpreted, which causes the reader to agree with both men’s arguments. Crito begins with making, what I believe, to be a very valid point. If Socrates remains in jail he is basically validating the decision of the courts, which consisted of a bias party of Socrates’ piers who often fell victim to his
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cross-examination techniques towards answering philosophical questions. Not
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