In the trial of socrates (1988), i f stone said that socrates wanted to be sentenced to death, in order to justify his philosophic opposition to the athenian democracy of that time, and because, as a man, he saw that old age would be an unpleasant time for him. Characters and setting crito has bribed the prison guards and they have assured him that socrates can escape the city if he does so, no one in. Socrates didn't break the law - he was sentenced for crimes he didn't commit - yet in crito, he forgoes the opportunity to escape from prison he believes that this would be breaking the law, and that to break the laws of athens is to harm athens herself. Socrates (/ ˈ s ɒ k r ə t iː z / ancient greek: σωκρᾰ́της, translit sōkrátēs, [sɔːkrátɛːs] c 470 - 399 bc) was a classical greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the western ethical tradition of thought.
Socrates and crito: teaching morals and honor - socrates was a one of the first philosophers and teachers known to western philosophy he lived in athens greece from 470 - 399 bc and is studied to this day because of his insights and understanding of the way people should live. The dialogue crito recounts socrates' last days, immediately before his execution as the text reveals, his friend crito proposes to socrates that he escape from prison in a dialogue with crito, socrates considers the proposal, trying to establish whether an act like that would be just and. If he didn't agree with the laws, he could have left at any time, but chose not to plato and socrates the fact that the laws are personified in crito is important for our understanding of the social compact as viewed by socrates.
They concern the reasons which socrates puts forward in the latter part of the dialogue (50 ff)2 why a man should always obey the law, and specifically why socrates, at the present time, should not disobey the law by trying to escape from prison. This sample paper was composed by anne farrell to escape or not to escape, that is the question: an evaluation of the arguments of the crito in this paper i will evaluate crito's arguments for why socrates should escape from prison and socrates' arguments for why he should remain in prison and accept his death sentence. Crito and socrates have been able to discuss the question about making an escape from prison because they have agreed on certain points they both believe that to commit a wrong is under all conditions a bad thing for the person who commits it.
An hour before the execution, a prison guard informed socrates that he should prepare himself for death by saying farewell to his visitors, having a bath and dressing in new attire, ready for burial upon hearing this, socrates left the cell, bathed and dressed, as instructed. Plato's dialogue crito is a composition originating in 360 bce that depicts a conversation between socrates and his rich friend crito in a prison cell in athens in the year 399 bce the dialogue covers the topic of justice, injustice and the appropriate response to both. Socrates' two bad arguments for not escaping in the crito, socrates is in prison awaiting execution for impiety and corrupting the youth his impiety was judged to be a matter of questioning and possibly disbelieving the traditional gods, and his corrupting the youth was a matter of his teaching them to do the same.
Socrates in prison read the dialogue crito written 360 bce translated by benjamin jowett read along crito at youtube site: 35:34 cartoon version: at youtube site 6:25 archeologists have uncovered the actual prison cell where socrates was kept as he awaited his execution. B if one accepts the premise of the social compact as socrates lays it out, there's still the question of the other side of the compact citizens may have obligations to the law, but the law in turn has obligations to the citizens. No, the ship has not actually arrived, but she will probably be here to-day, as persons who have come from sunium tell me that they have left her there and therefore to-morrow, socrates, will be the last day of your life.
Crito was a close friend of socrates according to diogenes laertius, he made sure that none of the needs of socrates were left unsupplied his sons, critobulus, hermogenes, epigenes, and ctesippus, were frequent listeners of socrates. Socrates disagrees with crito, suggesting that it is a great shame that the public does not have an unlimited capacity for doing harm, since they would then also have an unlimited capacity for doing good. It had been a crime since 403/2 for anyone even to propose a law or decree in conflict with the newly inscribed laws, so it was ironic for the laws to tell socrates to persuade or obey them (crito 51b-c. Best answer: socrates could have easily bribed his way out of prison a friend of his actually offered to do this for him bribing your way out was not too uncommon (assuming you had the money to do so) in cases where the death penalty was involved.
First of all, i assume that we should believe socrates when he says that leaving athens would lead to a life not worth living, for he did choose death over exile however, this still allows us to wonder what it was about escaping from jail and leaving athens that would have made life not worth living. The laws of athens further point out that socrates could have left athens for some other place within the wide greek world he would have been free to go but since he had chosen to stay, he had, the laws point out, again recognised their rightness. Rather than simply break the laws and escape, socrates should try to persuade the laws to let him go these laws present the citizen's duty to them in the form of a kind of social contract by choosing to live in athens, a citizen is implicitly endorsing the laws, and is willing to abide by them.