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Running the Risk for Friendship

Roslyn Weiss

in Socrates Dissatisfied

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116847
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833832 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195116844.003.0003
 Running the Risk for Friendship

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Crito is Socrates' friend. Though Crito laments the possible loss of an irreplaceable friend, he worries too about the bad reputation he will surely acquire should he not help his friend to escape death. Crito is unphilosophical: he cares about life, money, reputation, and family. Moreover, he cares neither about law nor about justice except in the most vulgar sense of “helping friends and harming enemies.” Although Crito will risk everything to save his friend, he is a friend to Socrates' body—not to his soul.

Keywords: body; Crito; friendship; Law; reputation; Socrates; soul

Chapter.  11546 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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