Pols 2000 Lesson 3 Sept.20/2012
Positive Law: Man made laws
Natural Law: the law of nature, binding rules of moral behaviour
• Issue is it just for Socrates to escape prison, fleeAthens?
• Dialogue between Socrates and Crito
• Conversation between Crito and Socrates, where Crito attempts to have Socrates escape
prison with him. This is a private speech between friends, these two were part of the same
dique in Athens. Crito is a wealthy friend of Socrates.
• This conversation is written by Plato, who was not a part of the conversation.
• Who are most likely to listen to Socrates and do what he says? The many as opposed to
• Socrates deals with the many and the few
• If Crito was a good friend of Socrates he would know that Socrates caters to the ‘few’,
not the ‘many’
• Crito while a good friend od Socrates is simply one of ‘the many’to Socrates/
• In theApology, Socrates says he would disboyAthenian law if it went against his God.
• But in Crito, he state he will obey withAthenian law
• Crito shows up in the morning, Socrates is having a dream, in this dream there is a god
which says the ship will not show up that day, but the following day.
• Crito, when saying he will buy Socrates freedom, could be self interested.
• He does not want to get a reputation amongst the “many”.
• Socrates says that this reputation does not matter because it is one held by the ‘many’. He
says the only opinions that matter are th