Plato : A Summary Of Plato's Crito

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The Purpose of the Law & Morality In the dialogue “Crito”, the ancient Greek philosopher Plato depicted a conversation that demonstrated Socrates belief that it is better to suffer from an injustice than to commit an injustice against authorities. This is a central argument in the dialogue that when examined carefully reveals that Socrates strongly believed that experts of authority should be respected and feared above all others (11), as well as the belief that committing an injustice can adversely interfere with one’s soul. In this paper, I will discuss the purpose of authority and morality, and by breaking the law and returning injustice for injustice, it will inflict harm upon people that should least be harmed (20). A Summary of Plato’s Dialogue: Socrates prosperous friend Crito, believed that it was in Socrates best interest to flee prison. Crito presented many valid arguments during his visit to the prison in order to persuade Socrates to escape before it was too late. Crito believed that the authority’s judgment was unjust and that Socrates would be betraying his friends and family by staying in prison. Crito believed that Socrates death would be harmful towards his friend’s reputation because people would think Crito did nothing to save him. Crito also argued that Socrates should not have to worry about the cost of escaping but rather think of the life he could have in exile where he could continue to raise his family. However, Socrates found verification to
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