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—a man in search of truth
--a friend to Socrates
Background to “Crito”
The scene is the prison of Socrates, about a month after his trial.
Crito is a good friend of Socrates, and he was present at the trial.
Even those who condemned Socrates hoped that he would escape and leave the city.
Crito’s Appeal to Socrates (1-35)
Socrates should escape because his friends want him to live.
If Socrates doesn’t escape, Crito and his other friends will be blamed.
The Premises of the Consideration of Escape (36-69)
“The good [opinions] are to be regarded and not the bad” (40).
“the opinions of the wise are good, and the opinions of the unwise are evil” (42).
“not life, but a good life, is to be chiefly valued” (66)
“a good life is equivalent to a just and honorable one” (68).
Is Escape the Right Thing to Do? (70-107)
Step 1: Doing evil to ward off evil is never right.
Step 2: Socrates owes allegiance to the State.
Step 3: It would be wrong to disobey the State, and it would not be in the best interest of Socrates, either.
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