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EthicsRichard Kraut's important and impressive book is the best available discussion of the Crito and of Socrates' political views and, in several ways, the best available book on Socrates.
— T. H. Irwin
Kraut examines the attitudes of Socrates toward the state with regard to obeying the laws of the polity and discusses the questions of virtue.
"[Kraut reads] . . . The text soberly, with close attention to what it says, reasoning out its import within its own linguistic and historical framework."—Gregory Vlastos, Times Literary Supplement
"Richard Kraut's challenging and excellent book approaches Plato's early dialogues and the Crito chief among them 'as chapters from [Socrates'] intellectual biography.' Informing these chapters, in Kraut's view, is a coherent Socratic political theory which gives subtle and surprisingly comprehensive replies to two questions: When is an individual morally bound to obey the state? And who should rule the state?"—James Dybikowski, The Philosophical Review
"This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Crito and on Plato's political thought generally. It is to be commended alike from the scholarly and from the philosophical standpoint, and is, incidentally, a beautiful piece of book-production."—C. C. W. Taylor, The Classical Review