CRITO


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The Crito seems intended to exhibit the character of Socrates in one light only, not as the philosopher, fulfilling a divine mission and trusting in the will of heaven, but simply as the good citizen, who having been unjustly condemned is willing to give up his life in obedience to the laws of the state.
Time is precious, and Crito has come early in order to gain his consent to a plan of escape.
Socrates is afraid that Crito is but pressing upon him the opinions of the many: whereas, all his life long he has followed the dictates of reason only and the opinion of the one wise or skilled man.
Whether such an incident ever really occurred as the visit of Crito and the proposal of escape is uncertain: Plato could easily have invented far more than that (Phaedr.
The allusion in the Crito may, perhaps, be adduced as a further evidence of the literal accuracy of some parts.
The Crito may also be regarded as a sort of appendage to the Apology, in which Socrates, who has defied the judges, is nevertheless represented as scrupulously obedient to the laws.
As soon as issues of morality and justice are raised, one cannot avoid the question of whether laws should always be obeyed as Socrates argues in the Crito.
Crito 50a-c, in PLATO: COMPLETE WORKS 37, 44-45 (John M.
Here Socrates rejects the arguments Crito brings forward to show that Socrates' personal interest will be served by fleeing prison.
We have already seen that Socrates mentions in Crito that he was given, even at trial, the option of exile as an alternative to death.
It is tempting to link this sacrifice with Socrates' dying request to Crito that he make a sacrifice to Asclepius (118a).
Assessing the strategy of considering Socrates as an egoist, Rudebusch says it is possible to interpret the Apology and Crito passages as subordinating virtue, duty, justice, and regard for others to my own happiness.