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
• 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.
• 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
The Speech of the Laws
• Individual nullification of a court verdict