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Responding to Crito: Socrates and political obligation

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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.

Keywords: Apology; Crito; Plato; Platonic dialogues; Richard Kraut; disobedience

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Keele University.

Publication date: January 1, 1996


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