Socrates and the State / Edition 1

Socrates and the State / Edition 1

by Richard Kraut
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Princeton University Press


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Socrates and the State / Edition 1

This fresh outlook on Socrates' political philosophy in Plato's early dialogues argues that it is both more subtle and less authoritarian than has been supposed. Focusing on the Crito, Richard Kraut shows that Plato explains Socrates' refusal to escape from jail and his acceptance of the death penalty as arising not from a philosophy that requires blind obedience to every legal command but from a highly balanced compromise between the state and the citizen. In addition, Professor Kraut contends that our contemporary notions of civil disobedience and generalization arguments are not present in this dialogue.

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ISBN-13: 9780691022413
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/01/1987
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Kraut, Charles and Emma Morrison Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, is author of Aristotle on the Human Good (Princeton).

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