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A Fool Satisfied

Roslyn Weiss

in Socrates Dissatisfied

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116847
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833832 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195116844.003.0008
 A Fool Satisfied

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Since Crito proves himself to be thoroughly unphilosophical and Socrates' argument against escape fails to persuade him, Socrates tries in a nonphilosophical way to persuade Crito of the rightness of his decision not to escape. The speech of the Laws speaks to Crito in terms that Crito can understand: it respects Crito's concerns for life, money, reputation, friends, family, and power. And it protects him: it scolds only Socrates. The Laws even address Socrates in a tone similar to the one Crito used. Yet, in the long run, Socrates seeks through the Laws' speech to benefit his friend: the life of uncritical obedience to the law is a less corrupt life than the one Crito currently leads, a life in which he cares for neither justice nor law.

Keywords: Crito; justice; law; Socrates

Chapter.  9526 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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