Crito.  Socrates argues he is obligated not to escape from prison because he owes everything to Athens and he could have left but did not.  This creates a contractual obligation for Socrates to carry out the punishment he accepted:  Death.  “He who has experience of the manner in which we order justice and administer the city, and still remains, has entered into an implied contract that he will do as we command him” (51e). There is no restriction upon this contract.  If the city “leads us to wounds or death in battle, thither we follow as is right … he must do what his city and his country order him” (51b-c).


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About William Kline

William Kline is an associate professor in the department of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
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