Who Was Right: Socrates Or Crito?

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Question 2: Who was right: Socrates or Crito? Why were they right? Known as the father of philosophy, Socrates, a proud Greek Athenian, strived to understand and answer the fundamental questions of education, politics, and ethics. At the age of seventy, Socrates was charged before an Athenian widely held court for not believing in the Olympian gods (impiety) and the corruption of youth. Despite the masterful and witty defense (apologia), Socrates could not convince his jury of fellow Athenian citizens of his innocence. Socrates, found guilty by a narrow margin, was ultimately punished because of ignorance. Rejecting prison and exile, Socrates, with pride, accepts the final verdict of death. It would seem that the days of Socrates were drawing near (within two or three days), as the Athenians have sent a boat laden with offerings; Athenian tradition was not to kill prisoners during this time. Awaiting his execution, Crito makes the notion that Socrates should escape out of prison and into safety, thus starting the dialogue between Socrates and Crito. Without a doubt, I believe that Crito was right to…show more content…
Basically, Socrates proposes that one must never do any wrong. The argument here is that the decision of escaping prison would be wrong, therefore corrupting the individual soul (psuche). In this, a corrupted soul would lead to a corrupted body, which by the principles of Socrates would not be worth living. In overall scheme of things, I would like to point out the argument of Socrates in this moral principle only focus on the self rather than others. For example, to commit this crime would cause harm to oneself, not injure others. From this we derive the question, is the act of escaping prison considered wrong, in which causing harm to others? It is my opinion that the wrong of the verdict diminishes the obligation to follow-through with the verdict and would not be considered wrong to

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