Comparing Thoreau's The Apology And Civil Disobedience

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In both readings of Plato’s “The Apology” and Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” one major principle that comes out of Thoreau’s text that Socrates would agree with is that in the face of laws by the state one should only abide if it is moral. Additionally, Thoreau believes that justice is superior to the laws enacted by the government, and the individual has the right to judge whether a given law reflects or flouts justice. Thoreau and Socrates believe that humans are moral beings and that virtue is very important.
In contrast, however, even though both individuals have a lot of similarities there were some areas where Socrates’ views differed with Thoreau. Thoreau was all about the will and conscience of the individual while Socrates stood mostly
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