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Responding to Crito: Socrates and political obligation

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

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Published date: 1996
Keywords: plato, crito, richard kraut, apology, platonic dialogues, disobedience


Local EPrints ID: 34094
ISSN: 0143-781X
PURE UUID: 80995b93-536e-4b9e-aa5c-b102dff0325c

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Date deposited: 18 Dec 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:51

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