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Kriton by Plato (Platon)

Kriton by Plato is a thought-provoking philosophical dialogue that explores the theme of justice, morality, and the principle of obeying the laws of society. The dialogue follows Socrates as he awaits his impending execution in prison, and his friend Kriton tries to convince him to escape and avoid his fate.

Plato does a masterful job of presenting the arguments of both Socrates and Kriton, creating a compelling back-and-forth that forces readers to consider their own beliefs about the nature of justice and whether it is ever justified to break the law. The depth of the characters and the complexity of their arguments make for a stimulating and engaging read.

Throughout the dialogue, Plato raises important questions about the role of the individual in society, the relationship between the individual and the state, and the moral obligations that come with being a member of a community. By the end of the dialogue, readers are left pondering the ethical dilemmas presented by Socrates and Kriton, and are encouraged to think critically about their own beliefs and values.

Overall, Kriton by Plato is a timeless and thought-provoking work that continues to be relevant in today's society. It is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy, ethics, or the complexities of human nature.

Book Description:

Kriton by Platon (428/427 v. Chr. – 348/347 v. Chr.). Übersetzung durch Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (1768-1834) von 1818.

Der Dialog Kriton schließt inhaltlich an die Apologie des Sokrates an und dokumentiert das Gespräch zwischen dem zum Tode verurteilten Philosophen Sokrates und dessen wohlhabendem Freund und Schüler Kriton, welcher ihn in seiner Zelle aufsucht. Sein Ziel ist es, Sokrates’ Leben zu retten, indem er ihm zur Flucht aus dem Gefängnis verhilft. Dieses kann aber nur erreicht werden, wenn Sokrates von der Richtigkeit der Flucht überzeugt werden kann.


Kriton: Christian Al-Kadi
Sokrates: redaer

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