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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Crito

I read Plato's Crito last night. It is definitely an interesting commentary on justice and the role that law has in society. Breif summary: Socrates is awaiting his death in prison. One of his followers, Crito, comes to him and pleads with him to make an escape. Crito explains that money has been raised and the appropriate people will be bribed, and Socrates can escape to a place where others have been set up to make sure he is not discovered. Socrates refuses to escape. His argument is that by not adhering to the law that is now demanding his death, he is denying the attributes, such as his birth and education, that he has been given under that law. I have to say that I admire Socrates' refusal to save his own life in order to uphold the principles for which he has always stood.

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