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A Visit to Socrates in Prison March 24, 2014

Posted by anagasto in law, philosophy.
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Socrates is in prison. According to law he can’t be executed until the sacred ship is back at harbour.  His friend Criton comes to see him early in the morning to tell him that the ship is coming in.

Socrates never wrote.  He was Plato’s teacher, and after his death Plato used him as a main character in his Dialogues.

This was Plato’s approach to philosophy.  The dialogue is meant to show how lightly Socrates takes the news of his imminent death. It also shows that the greatest philosopher could do very well without fiddling on high-strung vocabulary.

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SOCRATES: Why have you come at this time of day, Criton? Isn’t it early?
CRITON: Very early.
SOCRATES: About what time?
CRITON: Just before dawn.
SOCRATES: I wonder how the prison porter was willing to answer the door for you.
CRITON: He is used to me now, Socrates.

SOCRATES: Have you just come? Been here long?
CRITON: A fairly long time.
SOCRATES: Then why didn’t you wake me up, instead of sitting here silent?
CRITON: Oh, goodness, I couldn’t do that, Socrates; I wish I were not so sleepless and sad myself.
SOCRATES: Indeed, Criton, it would be quite out of tune to be vexed at my age if I must soon end.
CRITON: Many other people, Socrates, as old as you, are caught in troubles like this, but their age does not keep them from being vexed at their fortune.
SOCRATES: Yes, that’s true. But tell me, why have you come so early? Has the ship come in from Delos?
CRITON : She has not come in yet, but I think she will today.
SOCRATES: Well, my dear Criton, good luck come with her!

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Criton tries again to get Socrates to flee. The prison warden can easily be bought off, but Socrates says that he has to obey the Law.

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Link to post about Socrates  Killed  Himself

The text is by Plato and translated by Rouse

Link to science cartoons http://tinyurl.com/6xr4wf  by Chris Madden

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