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Socrates and the State

Socrates and the State
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691022413
  • ISBN: 0691022410
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press

AUTHOR

Kraut, Richard

SUMMARY

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 theCrito, 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.Kraut, Richard is the author of 'Socrates and the State', published 1987 under ISBN 9780691022413 and ISBN 0691022410.

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