Socrates, wake up! An analysis and exegesis of the “preface” in Plato’s Crito (43a1-b9)

  • Yosef Z. Liebersohn Bar-Ilan University

Abstract

In this paper I offer a close analysis of the first scene in Plato’s Crito (43a1-b9). Understanding a Platonic dialogue as a philosophical drama turns apparent scene-setting into an integral and essential part of the philosophical discussion. The two apparently innocent questions Socrates asks at the beginning of the Crito anticipate Crito’s two problems, namely how he regards his friendship with Socrates as opposed to his complicated relations with the polis and its sovereignty. These two questions are an integral part of the philosophical discussion presented throughout the dialogue.

 

http://dx.doi.org/10.14195/2183-4105_15_2

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Author Biography

Yosef Z. Liebersohn, Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Yosef Z. Liebersohn

Dep. of General History

Bar-Ilan University

Ramat-Gan 72900

Israel

Published
2015-12-30
How to Cite
LIEBERSOHN, Yosef Z.. Socrates, wake up! An analysis and exegesis of the “preface” in Plato’s Crito (43a1-b9). PLATO JOURNAL: The Journal of the International Plato Society, [S.l.], v. 15, p. 29-40, dec. 2015. ISSN 2183-4105. Available at: <http://impactum-journals.uc.pt/platojournal/article/view/1996>. Date accessed: 24 aug. 2017.
Section
Articles

Keywords

Plato; Crito; Drama