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Why Socrates' legs didn't run off to Megara: Moral deliberation in Plato's 'Crito'

Wasmuth, Ellisif (2020) 'Why Socrates' legs didn't run off to Megara: Moral deliberation in Plato's 'Crito'.' Phronesis, 65 (4). pp. 380-413. ISSN 0031-8868

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Abstract

I argue that the arguments presented in Socrates’ dialogue with the personified Laws of the Crito are arguments Socrates endorses and relies upon when deciding to remain in prison. They do not, however, entail blind obedience to every court verdict, nor do they provide necessary and sufficient conditions for resolving every dilemma of civil disobedience. Indeed, lacking definitional knowledge of justice, we should not expect Socrates to be able to offer such conditions. Instead, the Laws present an argument that is sufficient for resolving Socrates’ specific dilemma, showing us how Socrates can deliberate and act despite his lack of knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plato; Crito; Socratic ignorance
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 09:10
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27904

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