Morality, Justice, And Ethics Of Plato 's Crito Essay

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Morality, Justice, and Ethics in Plato’s Crito
Question Three
In Plato’s Crito, Socrates is adamant that staying in Athens and accepting his death sentence is the right thing to do. When imagining what I would do if I were in Socrates’ position now, I would like to say that I would do the same thing. I think most people would like to say that they would do the same thing, that they would stand by their beliefs and be willing to die for something they believe in. I honestly believe that I would be willing to die for the right cause. However, in this case, Socrates was of the belief that he was wrongly accused and that he did not commit the crimes of corrupting Athenian youth and not believing in the Greek deities. Regardless of the fact that Socrates believed he was wrongly accused, he still abided by the Athenian mindset of not returning a wrong for a wrong, which came up throughout the entirety of the Crito. However, that reasoning necessitates defining wrong action. Socrates believed it would be immoral to commit a wrong and escape as response of the wrong action by the Athenian people and the jury. But what if dying for a crime one did not commit is a worse wrong? In imagining what I would do in Socrates’ situation, I would not do what he did and accept my punishment. Instead I would do my best to prove my innocence for fear of committing a greater injustice.
One of the key arguments throughout the dialogue is the Athenian mindset of not committing a wrong action in…

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