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In the Last Days of Socrates the dialogue Crito recounts Socrates last days before his execution Socrates had been accused of corrupting the youth and not worshipping the Gods of the state During his trial he denied all accusations and attempted to defend himself by proving his innocence using reason He was judged to be guilty and given a death sentence His long time friend Crito proposes to Socrates a plan to escape from his death sentence in prison Crito and Socrates argue the issue of escape with Socrates deciding on accepting his sentence I feel that in light of his beliefs Socrates was ethically correct in refusing to escape from prison It was important to Socrates that he have good reasons not only to motivate but also to justify his actions Socrates was concerned that his actions not only be good but be just and noble as well He accepts that the verdict must be carried out even if it was not reached correctly because by accepting the laws of Athens he has obligated himself to accept the verdict even if it is unjust Crito argued in favor of escape He is concerned with the reputations of both Socrates and his associates Crito also feel life in itself is of absolute value He uses these points in favor of his argument Escape was easy to manage and would not put his friends in danger If he refused Socrates friends reputations would be tarnished for not aiding their friend To refuse would be a shameful display of cowardice Socrates would be neglecting his duties to his wife and children Escape would allow Socrates to continue to philosophize elsewhere Socrates does not agree with these points rather he rejects the proposal because to escape is neither just nor is it good for him It is not to his benefit to escape because to commit a
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