Crito : What Is Just And Unjust?

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Crito: What is Just and Unjust? In Plato’s dialogue, Crito, the question is posed whether or not it is just or unjust for Socrates to leave the prison in which he is currently being held. Socrates stood trial under the charges of, essentially, corrupting the youth of Athens with his ideas and impiety against the gods that Athens recognizes. It is through these charges that Socrates is sentences to death upon the arrival of a state galley’s ship from Delos. At the start of Crito, Socrates’s friend, Crito, visits him in prison. Crito tries to persuade Socrates to escape into exile. He argues that by allowing himself to die, Socrates is just giving his enemies what they want. He tells Socrates that he has made arrangements for him to leave if he so chooses. Socrates then asks Crito a number of questions concerning Crito’s own ideas of what is just and unjust. This ultimately results in a discussion on how those ideas affect the quality of life someone is living and how they relate to Socrates’s situation. Throughout this conversation, many questions are posed and answered, both by Socrates and by Crito. Crito argues that because Socrates was unjustly accused and those who accuse him gave him the option of exile, it is okay for him to leave. Socrates, however, rejects this idea, stating that it would actually be unjust for him to commit this act against his fellow Athenians. Crito then argues that if not for himself, Socrates should consider the offer for his children and…

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