Reading Questions, Plato?s Crito 1. What is the setting for the dialogue? How has Crito gotten in so early, and what news does he bring? What is the significance of the ship arriving from Delos? 2. What strange dream does Socrates relate to his friend? Is the allusion to Achilles particularly effective? How does Socrates choose to interpret the dream? How else might it be interpreted? 3. What arguments does Crito advance to persuade Socrates to escape from prison and save his own life? What is Crito?s own ?cost-benefit analysis? of the potential risks and advantages?for Socrates, for Socrates? family, for Socrates? reputation, for Crito and Socrates? other friends?of the choice either to escape or to die? How much of his motivation is self-interested, and are any of his arguments convincing to you? What is Socrates? reaction? 4. How does the tension between ?the many? and ?the few? play out in the dialogue? What sort of historical and philosophical background underlies this Platonic perspective? What is Socrates? ultimate criterion for determining how he should act? How is this different from prevailing Greek opinion? Is this criterion to your mind a sound one? 5. What role does Socrates? personification of the Laws of the city play in the dialogue? Do you find the arguments put forward by the Laws convincing? Wrong-headed? Confusing? What would the Laws say to Socrates if he were a 21st century American? Is the understanding of the relationship between the city and the individual the same for us as it seems to be for Plato?
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