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Richard Vasquez Section 2 January 23, 2013 Plato’s “Crito” involves a conversation between Socrates, imprisoned and awaiting his death, and Crito, who believes Socrates is not pursuing a just cause in submitting to his death sentence. Socrates defends his position by using the comparison of a gymnast, whose chief concern is what his trainer thinks, to that of an average person, who should only mind the opinion of the one who knows right and wrong. Ultimately, Socrates leads Crito to affirm that it is unjust to perform evil in response to evil. In doing so, he highlights the purpose of the argument: it is just to adhere to the law of the government he has committed himself to because it serves a greater good, even though the decision of the government results in unfavorable conditions. While there are some elements of Socrates’ argument I agree with, I find his ultimate conclusion to be quite debatable. Sections 11-16 seem to suggest that one should
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