Socrates on Obedience and Disobedience to the Law

Abstract

Considerable scholarship over the last dozen years has greatly increased our understanding of Apology and Crito. However, the knottiest problem between these dialogues--the frequently noted apparent contradiction between Apology 29c-30c and Crito 51b-c, between Socrates’ pledge to disobey a court order to give up philosophy and his argument that legal authority absolutely obligates a citizen to obedience--is far from being resolved. In the end I argue that this contradiction is unresolved, despite numerous ingenious attempts to eliminate it, because it is rooted in deep inconsistencies in Socrates’ principles and character. In the course of reaching a conclusion that most scholars have striven to avoid I review and dispute the major strategies on resolving the contradiction: that it is only apparent, because one of the views is not Socrates’ or a sophisticated analysis of the rhetorical purposes of the dialogues eliminates any contradiction.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,766

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2017-02-15

Downloads
7 (#1,075,983)

6 months
1 (#386,989)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

'A Creature of Modern Scholarship': Disobedience and the Crito Problem.F. Rosen - 1998 - Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 15 (1-2):1-12.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Socrates on Obedience and Disobedience to the Law.Richard W. Momeyer - 1982 - Philosophy Research Archives 8:21-53.
Responding to Crito: Socrates and Political Obligation.R. Bentley - 1996 - History of Political Thought 17 (1):1-20.
Socrates and the State.James Dybikowski - 1984 - Ethics 96 (2):400-415.
Socrates and the State.G. B. Kerferd - 1986 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 106 (2):226-227.
Obedience to the Law in Plato's Crito.Ernest J. Weinrib - 1982 - American Journal of Jurisprudence 27 (1):85-108.
Socrates' Two Concepts of the Polis.S. Yonezawa - 1991 - History of Political Thought 12 (4):565.
Lessons From The Crito.Kyle Scott - 2009 - Polis 26 (1):31-51.
An Essay on Political Obligation and Disobedience: Socrates, Rawls and Beyond.Hee-Q. Yang - 1994 - Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara