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Department
Political Science
Course
Political Science 2237E
Professor
Mike Laurence
Semester
Fall

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Socrates Behind Bars – October 15 , 2013 Commentary on the Dialogue and Themes • Crito as incredibly passive, allowing himself to be dominated in the debate with  Socrates. • The theme of the body and its role provokes the reader to understand the role of  the human body in every situation and debate. The Context – Helps us to understand where Socrates was coming from, and the culture  that surrounded him (and his philosophies). • No criminals can be executed until the boat returns (for religious purposes).   Thus, Socrates waits on death row. • The Ancient Greeks were much more focused on the “good life” for the public as  a whole – not the individual.  Moderns look at the good of the whole that the  “good life” is too subjective, and cause conflict – individual rights should come  first, and can only be punished for the violation of the rights of others. The Dialogue • There is a distrust in the majority (the populous). Socrates retorts with saying that  the majority acts only half­heartedly, not caring, resulting in problems much  worse. The Speech of the Laws • Individual nullification of a court verdict 
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