Socrates 's Views Of Civil Disobedience Essay examples

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Socrates views of civil disobedience are not as consistent in Crito and in the Apology as his words and actions were in life. Although he is known to be an authentic, honest and wise man who took pride in recognizing ignorance while searching for the truth, at the end of his journey, his views seemed to be inharmonious with previous statements. Initially, he tries to persuade the jury, advises them to spare him as they would not find anyone else like him and attempts to justify his actions using his own method of inquiry. Eventually, he agreed with the outcome because it is the law of Athens that shall be honored, not broken.
In the Apology, during the trial, Socrates goes on to defend himself by going through the accusations one by one; pointing out that he, is not the only individual who is a doer of evil.
“O men of Athens, that Meletus is a doer of evil in that he pretends to be in earnest when he is only in jest, and is so eager to bring men to trial from a pretended zeal and interest about matters in which he really never had the smallest interest”. (Plato, apology31).
By cross-examining Meletus, he is able to show the contradiction; if the laws of Athens are what make citizens a good influence, how is he a bad influence if he is a citizen of Athens. One man cannot be the only expert at bad and everyone else is good. Also, admitting that he would disobey the orders to give up philosophy if told to do so, shows he would justify disobedience because it goes against his…

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