Required Reading: Plato’s “Crito” (Weblink)
This reading follows the trial of Socrates as it was conferred by Plato’s Apology. Socrates is visited in prison by his lifelong friend, Crito – for whom the dialogue is named – awaiting his death sentence. Begin this discussion board by reviewing “Socrates and the Law: Argument in an Athenian Jail” (Links to an external site.). Only concern yourself with the “Learning Objectives” in the “Lesson Plans” section of this link. Then review the following video after you have completed reading the Crito -> Socratic Citizenship: Plato, Crito (Links to an external site.)
Explain whether we should accept Socrates’s argument to stay in prison, rejecting Crito’s proposal to escape and live. Does Socrates provide a sound argument for fulfilling his social contract with the Laws of Athens? Or, does Socrates have a greater obligation to preserve his own life through escaping?
Recommended Reading: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: “Plato’s Shorter Ethical Works – Section 12 (Links to an external site.)
Remember: A response consists of more than one word or simply agreeing. Please cite all passages in the text (including page number) and cite all outside information according to MLA guidelines. Your answer should have AT LEAST 3 responses (possibly more), aside from your original post. You will always be required to create a post responding to the discussion prompt (300-600 words), before viewing any responses of other students. Please review your work carefully before you submit since you will not be allowed to edit it afterwards (i.e., type and edit your responses in a WordDoc before posting.) Additionally, each discussion board requires you to respond to at least three other students (50-100 words per response).
Required Reading: http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/crito.html
You can also read the recommended reading for more information. Please DO NOT forget to cite all information page number, name, etc.. Most Importantly this discussion needs to be formatted in MLA ESSAY NOT answered as a question.
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