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Socrates and the State
by Richard Kraut
Binding: Paperback, 350 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Weight: 0.65 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.3 x W: 0.46 inches
ISBN 10: 0691022410
ISBN 13: 9780691022413
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Book Description:
This fresh outlook on Socrates' political philosophy in Plato's early dialogues argues that it is both more subtle and less authoritarian than has been supposed. Focusing on the Crito, Richard Kraut shows that Plato explains Socrates' refusal to escape from jail and his acceptance of the death penalty as arising not from philosophy that requires blind obedience to every legal command but from a highly balanced compromise between the state and the citizen. In addition, Professor Kraut contends that our contemporary notions of civil disobedience and generalization arguments are not present in this dialogue.


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