In his dialogs with Crito , Socrates argues that it would be wrong of him to escape his death sentence because doing so would be to preforming wrong against the Athenian Laws, and that one must never wrong another, even if in return for a wrong. He further explains that one way to wrong another is by failing to honor a just agreement, and as a citizen of Athens he has agreed to do one of three things:
1. Leave Athens
2. Persuade the Athenian Laws that their rulings and laws are unjust
3. Follow the orders of the Athenian Laws
Because Socrates has remained in Athens, and failed to persuade the Athenian Laws, he has had some justly duty to follow the orders of the Athenian Laws, and accept his death.
In his Apology , Socrates makes the statement that regardless of the orders of the Athenian Laws, he would refuse to stop practicing philosophy. With application of his logic in the Crito dialogs, if the Athenian Laws ordered Socrates to stop practicing philosophy and Socrates disobeyed he would be preforming a wrong against the Athenian L...
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... tool that he uses to spread his God-given gift of the wisdom to see one’s own arrogance.
Therefore, this agreement is unjust in the way that it goes against the Athenian way of life, giving favor to the Gods. How can it be seen that any order that goes against the favor of the Gods be just? Consequently, the agreement must not be just and the disobeying of the Athenian Laws is not an act of wrong doing, but rather an attempt to act in a way that gives more favor to the Gods. There is not Contradiction for Socrates.
A powerful objection to this line of thought would be to propose that Socrates could show the arrogance of other by using a tool other that his philosophical questioning. In this case he would be honoring both the Gods and the Athenian Laws. Perhaps this is possible, but I fail to find a tool as useful as Socrates method of philosophical questioning.
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