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Inquiries 5 Plato says Socrates chose death over escape because of mans relationship with the state Describe that relationship What political theory of the Enlightenment did Plato anticipate Plato believed that Socrates chose death over escape because of the fact that man enters into a social contract with the society that he enters In exchange for security and protection of rights man must abide by the rules set forth by this society Socrates like all citizens had entered into this contract with the city-state of Athens and as such had to follow the laws set for him It is my belief that mans relationship with the state is such of a cog in the machine much as it is today When a person oversteps their place in a tightly regimented society such as Athens there must be reprecussions due to the shift in paradigm that said society will experience Over time society allowed for limited fringe groups much like the ones that exist in the America of today but most of our society adheres to the position they are granted as a cog in the machine Socrates consciously made his decision regarding his role in Athenian society thus allowing for his right to self-determination which was an abomination in the face of the tightly structured society that was Athens of 2400 years ago By violating the laws of Athens Socrates consciously violated the Social Contract which he was held accountable to In addition Socrates knew that all men must be held accountable to the same laws else anarchy would reign By realizing this Socrates knew that he must die for the state and that was his most noble action It is evident that Plato forsaw the philosophy of the Social Contract that would dominate the Enlightenment through persons such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau John Lockeand Thomas Hobbes By forseeing this Plato inevitably came to the conclusion that Socrates died in
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