scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,818
The dialogue of the Crito is between Socrates and his friend Crito on the eve of the day of Socrates execution Crito wishes to aide Socrates in escaping his death sentence and running away form Athens but Socrates argues and succeeds in informing Crito that obedience to the death sentence is of supreme importance Through this dialogue Socrates expounds on his views concerning justice as well as the symbiotic relationship between the individual and the state more specifically the laws of the state Crito presents arguments to try and persuade Socrates to escape Most of Socrates objections deal with the city-state and justice but also the consequences of death in the afterlife Socrates presents three main arguments while refuting Critos attempts and accepting the seemingly unjust death sentence that the citizens and legislation of Athens has placed upon him First Socrates is a human not just an unfeeling philosopher and although he is charged with impiety his concern for the afterlife is still present Secondly Socrates argues that he by choosing to live in Athens is bound to a social contract to obey its laws And thirdly as a virtuous person he realizes that he cannot go against the laws he has honestly agreed to obey Furthermore escaping Athens would only prove the opinion of his prosecutors and possibly damage his position as a philosopher Crito seems to often bring up the opinions of the majority or other people when arguing with Socrates Socrates is not swayed by the peoples opinion and as a philosopher is more concerned with making a rational choice He states at line 44c why should we care so much for what the majority think However Socrates is concerned that his escape will harm the state of Athens itself Crito and other followers of Socrates view his death sentence as suicide They believe that his trial was unjust and that he should escape on the grounds that his accusations were erroneous
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA