Socrates And Crito Analysis

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To be just or to be served an injustice and obey, this is the very basis of the philosophical dialogue between Socrates and Crito. The Crito begins as one of Socrates’ wealthy friends, Crito, offers Socrates a path to freedom—to escape from Athens. Through the ensuing dialogue, Socrates examines, as a man who is bound by principles of justice, whether an unjust verdict should be responded to with injustice. In the dialogue between Socrates and Crito, Socrates outlines his main arguments and principles that prevent him from escaping under such circumstances.
Socrates is under guard when Crito visits him, thus the plan to escape. He has been found guilty of trumped up charges, “corrupting the young and not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other new spiritual things.”(24b) Both Socrates and Crito, however, know that he is innocent. If he is innocent, escaping would be the first crime he committed and if he were captured, then it would be known that Socrates is guilty of his crimes. But, if he were in fact guilty, escaping from Athens would only add to his list of crimes. Under these unjust circumstances, Crito argues that Socrates has a duty to escape. Crito begins by appealing to Socrates as a friend saying, “If you die, it will not be a single misfortune for me. Not only will I be deprived of a friend…but many people…will think that I could have saved you if I were willing to spend money, but that I did not care to do so.”(44c) Socrates addresses
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