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Liberty in Antiquity (con)

This cluster of readings centers on the theme that individual liberty was absent in antiquity.  Plato’s Apology and Crito make excellent background readings for Constant’s “The Liberty of the Ancients Compared with that of the Moderns” and Acton’s “The History of … Continue reading

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Plato

Apology.  Socrates argues for his character, and ultimately his life, in front of an Athenian jury.  He is charged with being “a doer of evil who corrupts the youth; and who does not believe in the gods of the state, … Continue reading

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Plato

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. … Continue reading

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