Obedience to the Law in Plato's Crito
American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 27, pp. 85-108, 1982
13 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2008
Date Written: January 1, 1982
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.
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