Crito - laws, not doing so results in punishment. If...

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Chris Graflage Phil 105-27 Crito (SQ4) Crito is trying to convince Socrates to go with him to escape jail by convincing him it is just to do so. Crito tries. Crito claims that Socrates is choosing the easy way out, death, rather than living since he cares about virtue. Crito says on page 48 “You seem to me to choose the easiest path, whereas one should choose the path a good and courageous man would choose, particularly when one claims throughout one’s life to care for virtue.” Socrates dismantles this argument claiming just the opposite. If he does not die then he would not look virtuous. If does not abide by the laws then what message would he be sending to his followers? By choosing to live somewhere you choose to abide by the
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Unformatted text preview: laws, not doing so results in punishment. If destroys the law he would truly be guilty because he could be thought by others to corrupt the youth and the ignorant. How he can take his death penalty though he was innocent? He has no fight against this because he believes it is just what he is doing. Socrates says not to value your life or children more than goodness. He is not only saying this but acting upon this idea which is truly courageous. If I was given the chance to escape from prison when wrongly accused I would take that. I am not as courageous and do not think as Socrates does about how by accepting death in his position the underworld will receive him kindly....
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