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Plato's The Crito

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Plato's The Crito
In life, people are guided by moral beliefs and principles. Whether their beliefs are good or bad, their decisions are based on them. In Plato “The Crito”, Socrates emphasizes his moral beliefs and principles when he decides not to escape from prison. Although Socrates had the opportunity to escape his death sentence, he chose not to do so because he had a moral obligation to commit a sacrifice.
Socrates was being guided by his moral beliefs when he decided not to escape from prison. Socrates informs us of his principle when he says, “[…] my first principle, that neither injury nor retaliation not warding off evil by evil is ever right.”(1). Retaliation and injuring other people is what Socrates did not lived by. For this reason, Socrates knew that if he were to escape, the state would prosecute his family and friends. Consequently, Socrates was afraid that the state would harm his family by depriving them of property or c...


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...e lived the last years of his life miserably. Socrates would be mocked for being a hypocrite and his credibility would be lost. For this reason, Socrates concluded that he would be loyal to his principles which he taught others to follow and set an example of his life.
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(1) www.philosophyprofessor.com/. “Philosophies & Philosophers” October 1, 2008 Path: Library; The Trial and Death of Socrates. 1

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