Idea Of Justice In Plato's Crito

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In his dialogue Crito, Plato discusses the idea of justice while writing about his former teacher and friend Socrates. Similar to his other works, Crito centers around Socrates, and his thoughts and philosophies. To truly understand what Plato was writing about in Crito is important to understand the reasons behind Socrates’ death sentence. Socrates was a man of thought, and much of the time there was both a lesson and a reason behind his actions. When Socrates first appeared on philosophical scene in Athens, philosophy was undergoing some big changes. Up until around 450 B.C., philosophers were mostly interested in understanding the physical world around them, and the nature of the world in which they lived. Gradually, this interest …show more content…
Plato’s dialogues each represent a key feature of the personality of Socrates and his ideas. In Crito, Plato introduces Socrates as a man who deeply believes in the idea of a social contract. Though he did not always agree with his fellow Athenians, Socrates was deeply connected to his home and the wellbeing of his neighbors. All he wanted was to better the life of other people in any way he could. He was not seeking fame or popularity; he was only doing what he believed to be right. In Crito, Socrates continues to try to help Athens even after he is sentenced to death at the hands of the city. He was driven by an inner voice that led him to do what he sought as right. He once said “He who knows what is good will do good” (Guarder 70) and he lived by this saying. He felt people could do the right thing as long as they took the time to listen and to reason; a skill in which he believed to be inherent in all people. Because of this, Socrates followed his own advice to until the very end. You see, Socrates believed that he should obey the law and remain imprisoned as his conscious advised him it was the right thing to do. For Socrates, it did not matter if he had done nothing wrong, nor did it matter what people would think of him and his friends. Furthermore, it did not matter that he was being forced to leave his children behind, because he believed he was leading by example. What mattered was the concept of justice in his mind, he believed a person should never commit any injustice for whatever reason, even if something unjust has been done to you. Socrates believes that he should remain imprisoned and face death to pay his debt to the city of Athens, because they saw his death as justice. In addition, he thought that disobeying the law would only cause the city and his fellow men harm in the end. Committing a crime

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