Obedience to the Law in Plato's Crito

American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 27, pp. 85-108, 1982

13 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2008

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Ernest J. Weinrib

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 1, 1982

Abstract

Plato's Crito is not a treatise on obedience to the law, but a dialogue whose interpretation is not determined by its surface meaning. The initial dream is not mere ornamentation; rather it points to the range of possibilities in Socrates' situation. The speeches of the Laws, with which the dialogue closes, are not intended to be philosophically cogent, since they are inconsistent with the principles laid out in the preceding conversation between Socrates and Crito. The arguments of the Laws are rather directed towards Crito, Socrates' decent and unphilosophic friend.

Suggested Citation

Weinrib, Ernest J., Obedience to the Law in Plato's Crito (January 1, 1982). American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 27, pp. 85-108, 1982. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1158621

Ernest J. Weinrib (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
Canada

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