Socrates Sides With Creon Or A

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Socrates' Sides With? Through my reading of Plato's Apology of Socrates and Crito, I have been able to see how Socrates makes important decisions and what he primarily bases his decisions on. As a individual person we have individual morals which lead us to our own moral or immoral decisions. Sometimes are own morals or beliefs might oppose the views of the state or the enforced law that clams to find justice. In this case we rely on our own beliefs that may be through passed down morals or through ones belief in a higher power to find justice. In my view I feel that Socrates respects the states law and ability to find justice but is willing to question it when his own morals or views on ...view middle of the document...

Creon says to the people publicly, "Polyneices, I say, shall have no burial"(Antigone 197) This shows the citizens that he has only the state in mind and will also help him to bring the people together so that they will respect him and back his authority.Antigone sees the other side that Creon fails to see or recognize. Antigone feels that the States ruling is unjust and not moral. So she goes against the state because she feels her morals will be the right thing to do. Antigone says to Ismene her sister, "And now you can prove what you are: A true sister, or a traitor to your family."(Antigone 190) From this one can see that Antigone feels that family comes before the state and since it has not she will go against the state and do what she feels is right.The question at hand is on what side would Socrates stand on, Creon's or Antigone's. I feel that Socrates has great respect for the state but is definitely not afraid to question officials to try and find Justice. He shows this attribute when he fights for his life in the Apology of Socrates. Prove of this is shown in the Apology when the Athenians other a deal to Socrates. They say they will let Socrates go as long as he promises to never to inquiry others and to stop philosophizing. They add that if they catch him continuing his practice that they will put him to death. Socrates responds, "Athenians, I respect and I love you, but I'll obey the god rather than you."(Apology of Socrates 21) Through this one can see that he does respect the state but there are just things that the state rules on that he can not justify so he goes against them and does what he feels is right.Through that one excerpt I find it to be clear that Socrates would stand by Antigone and her actions. Antigone says, "Your edict, King was strong, But all your strength is weakness itself against The immortal uncovered laws of god." This is to an extent the same idea that Socrates said in the quote above. The idea is that the laws of the state are sometimes not the highest authority. In extreme cases humans are left to break the laws for what they believe is right even if it means they may die. Antigone claims that what she is doing his following the laws of the goods when she says to Ismene, "You may do as you like, Since apparently the laws of the gods mean nothing to you."(Antigone 192) Socrates supports Antigone's same view when he says, "You can be sure that the gad has commanded this, and I think that there's no greater good for the city than my service to the god."(Apology of Socrates 21) The contexts of this quotation comes when he is...

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