The Setting Of Plato 's Dialogue Essay

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The setting of Plato’s dialogue is Socrates having been found guilty and imprisoned thirty days before his execution. His friend, Crito visits him and expresses the purpose of his visit to Socrates. Crito persuades him to escape from prison and go avoiding his sentence of death. The difficulty Plato faces in composing this dialogue is to justify Socrates ' decision to stay in prison rather than try to escape after his wrongful condemnation. Plato lists a few ideas from Socrates’ education that a multitude can do neither good nor harm with actions being irrational and man regarding opinions of intelligible men. Plato states Socrates’ view why he should not escape the prison. Plato’s first idea he has in mind is a multitude of people can do neither good nor harm with actions being utterly irrational. Crito explains to Socrates, “If you die, it will not be a single misfortune for me. Not only will I be deprived of a friend, the like of whom I shall never find again, but many people who do not know you or me very well will think that I could have saved you if I were willing to spend money, but that did not care to do so. [Socrates]: My good Crito, why should we care so much for what the majority think? The most reasonable people, to whom one should pay more attention, will believe that things were as they were done”. Socrates knows between just and unjust. Plato believes men should keep the ‘just’ agreements because a multitude of people can do neither good nor…

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