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Analysis of Crito The question is raised within the dialogue between Socrates and Critoconcerning civil disobedience Crito has the desire the means and many compellingreasons with which he tries to convince the condemned to acquiesce in the plan to avoidhis imminent death Though Critos temptation is imposing it is in accord withreason and fidelity that Socrates chooses to fulfill his obligation to the state even todeath Before addressing Critos claims which exhort Socrates to leavethe state and avoid immanent death the condemned lays a solid foundation upon which heasserts his obligation to abide by the laws The foundation is composed of public opiniondoing wrong and fulfillment of ones obligations Addressing public opinionSocrates boldly asserts that it is more important to follow the advice of the wise andlive well than to abide by the indiscriminate and capricious public opinion and livepoorly Even when it is the public who may put one to death their favor need not besought for it is better to live well than to submit to their opinion and live poorlyNext wrongful doing is dispatched of They both consent to the idea that under nocircumstances may one do a wrong even in retaliation nor may one do an injury doingthe latter is the same as wrong doing The last foundation to be questioned is thefulfillment of ones obligations Both of the philosophers affirm that provided thatthe conditions one consents to are legitimate one is compelled to fulfill thosecovenants These each are founded upon right reasoning and do provide a justifiablefoundation to discredit any design of dissent At line fifty Socrates executes these foundations to destroy and makeuntenable the petition that he may rightfully dissent Then consider the logical consequence If weleave this place without first persuading the state to let us goare we or are we not doing an injury and doing it in a quarterwhere it is least justifiable Are we or are we not abiding by our just agreements
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