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Crito is a short but important dialogue by Plato. It is a conversation between Socrates and his wealthy friend Crito regarding justice, injustice, and the appropriate response to injustice. Socrates thinks that injustice may not be answered with injustice, and refuses Crito's offer to finance his escape from prison. This dialogue contains an ancient statement of the social contract theory of government. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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. . .Plato, writing probably in the next generation, undertakes the defence of his friend and master in this particular, not to the Athenians of his day, but to posterity and the world at large.

Whether such an incident ever really occurred as the visit of Crito and the proposal of escape is uncertain; Plato could easily have invented far more than that;1 and in the selection of Crito, the aged friend, as the fittest person to make the proposal to Socrates, we seem to recognize the hand of the artist. Whether anyone who has been subjected by the laws of his country to an unjust judgment is right in attempting to escape, is a thesis about which casuists might disagree. Shelley2 is of opinion that Socrates ‘did well to die,’ but not for the ‘sophistical’ reasons which Plato has put into his mouth. And there would be no difficulty in arguing that Socrates should have lived and preferred to a glorious death the good which he might still be able to p. . . Read More

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The saga of Socrates’ trial and death continues. This time his friend, Crito, visits him in his cell to try to persuade him to escape into exile. Socrates is true to form, insisting that nothing—not the reputation of himself or his friend, nor concern for his own life—ought to be considered except r

Critón va a visitar a Sócrates a la prisión y le propone huir. A partir de aquí, se desarrolla el pensamiento socrático a través de sus silogismos sobre lo justo y lo injusto.


Crito goes to visit Socrates in prison and proposes to escape. From this point on, Socratic thoug

Death looms for Socrates but death is favourable to this 70-year-old man. Does he explain why? Yes, yes he does. Crito is not quite as good as the prior Apology but still wonderful. Socrates (Plato), I'm realising, is wonderful. The first "tetralogy" is almost done. I'll dabble around in some other

محاوره کریتون در زندان رخ می دهد. سقراط به اعدام محکوم شده و موعد مقررِ اجرا درآمدن حکم اعدام را انتظار می کشد. کریتون در این زمان به دیدنش می رود تا او را راضی به فرار از زندان کند. سقراط البته که مخالفت می کند و دیالوگ بر مبنای همین مخالفت سقراط برای فرار از زندان و زیر پا گذاشتن قانون آغاز می شود

Nastavak Odbrana Sokratova jeste kratak, brzo se čita i tako nije velika šteta pročitati ga. U njemu Sokrat brani odluku da će radije da umre nego da pobegne ili traži oprost.

Ipak, nije Kriton na nivou dijaloga koje sam pročitao. Sokratova/Platonova razmišljanja su često problematična - Država, na

کریتون قبل از اجرای حکم سقراط، به سلولش در زندان می‌رود تا قانعش کند که با کمک او و دیگر هواخواهان سقراط از زندان بگریزد. به طور خلاصه، سقراط در پاسخ به این درخواست استدلال می‌کند که همان‌طور که ظلمِ پدر و مادر مجوزی برای ظلم به پدر و مادر نیست (و اساسا هیچ ظلمی توجیه‌کننده‌ی ظلمی دیگر نیست) پس لطمه

- Socrates? I'm terribly sorry to be disturbing you shortly before your impending execution, but--

- And who are you?

- My name is Manny. I'm a visitor from the future. I--

- Again. It's been one visitor after another this evening. First my extremely well-meaning friend Crito trying to save me, and the

CRITO is Socrates’ argument for loyalty to one’s polis. In this short dialogue, Plato recreates Socrates’ conversation with Crito on the eve of Socrate’s death. Crito and others have arranged for Socrates to escape from prison and thereby avoid his sentence to die by drinking hemlock. But Socrates i

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