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The Corybantic Cure

Roslyn Weiss

in Socrates Dissatisfied

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116847
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833832 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195116844.003.0007
 The Corybantic Cure

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Although Socrates acts as the Laws recommend, their reasons are not his reasons. The Laws' speech holds for Socrates no rational appeal: its effects are merely Corybantic. Its booming loudness produces a deafening effect that makes it difficult for Socrates to hear: it is for this reason that he advises Crito not to continue to speak. To be sure, Socrates will, in refusing to escape, be following the lead of “the god”; to him, however, what this means is that he will be doing as his own principled reasoning directs: what his god commands of him is to pursue justice and to practice philosophy.

Keywords: Corybantic; Crito; justice; Philosophy; Socrates

Chapter.  7380 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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