Essay on Plato 's Three Works, Crito, Apology And Euthyphro

1839 Words Apr 27th, 2016 8 Pages
In Plato’s three works Crito, Apology, and Euthyphro, Socrates’ conception of virtue and pursuit of knowledge about virtue, leads him to question and in some cases reject the ideas of others. Examples that show this are: Socrates discussion with Crito, his questioning of Meletus in the Apology, his speech to the jury before and after his conviction, and in his discussion with Euthyphro about what is pious. The teachings of these three works seem to go hand and hand with one another, with the teaching of the Crito being a culmination of the teachings of Euthyphro and Apology. If one were to read Apology and Euthyphro without reading the Crito, one may not understand the teachings of the formers since the Crito gives practice to the teachings learned in the other two works and allows a better understanding of the teachings.
Socrates’ conception of virtue “is the ability to do what is right and resist doing what is wrong” and it is also the knowledge of what is right and what is wrong. In the Crito, Socrates asks Crito “is life worth living for us with that part of us corrupted that unjust action harms and just action benefits…or do we think that part of us…is inferior to the body?” Crito’s answer is no to both presented questions. Socrates then asks if the soul is more valuable than the body, which Crito answers yes. In this line, Socrates is stating that the health of one’s soul is paramount to one’s body and doing unjust action harms the soul. Socrates is arguing that just…

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