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Socrates Dissatisfied: An Analysis of Plato's Crito

Roslyn Weiss


The personified Laws in the Crito who make the case for Socrates' remaining in prison and accepting his execution rather than fleeing at the urging of his friend Crito, speak not, as is generally thought, for Socrates, but represent instead the city of Athens and its laws. The Laws are, indeed, in style and substance, Socrates' adversaries: whereas Socrates defends dialectically the claim of the individual to exercise and follow his own reason, the Laws defend rhetorically the absolute authority of law. Socrates has his own reasons for remaining in prison—escape would involve him and his frien ... More

Keywords: Authority, Crito, History of philosophy, Justice, Law, Laws, Plato, Punishment, Socrates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195116847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195116844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roslyn Weiss, author
Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
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