Responding to Crito: Socrates and political obligation


Bentley, Russell (1996) Responding to Crito: Socrates and political obligation. History of Political Thought, 17, (1), 1-20.

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In the most comprehensive treatment of Plato 's Crito to date, Richard Kraut says: 'If possible, the Crito ought to be interpreted in a way that makes it consistent with the Apology and the other early Platonic dialogues.' My aim in the following paper is sympathetic to this view. However, the consistency I find is wider in scope than the reconciliation of Socrates' commitment to disobedience in one dialogue and his apparent rejection of disobedience in the other. I seek a reconciliation between the Socratic charge to live an examined life and the demands of a life under law.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0143-781X (print)
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Keywords: plato, crito, richard kraut, apology, platonic dialogues, disobedience
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 34094
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:21
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34094

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