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In the Apology, Socrates defends himself against accusations of impiety and corrupting the youth. He presents his famous “gadfly argument” and suggests that if the city’s laws condemn him, then those laws may be unjust. Yet, in the Crito, Socrates refuses to disobey the laws that have sentenced him to death, though he has a chance to escape his sentence.
Civil Disobedience is typically understood to be the idea that says unjust laws need not, or perhaps even ought not, be obeyed.
Given what Socrates does and says in the Apology and Crito, would Socrates be in favor of civil disobedience? In a paper of 2-3 pages, develop an argument that answers the above question.
I’ll help get you started. Your thesis, and the first line of your paper, should begin:
I will argue that Socrates would/would not be in favor of disobedience because . . .
YOU MUST CITE ANY PARAPHRASED OR QUOTED MATERIAL IN YOUR ESSAY. This includes any material taken from the Apology or Crito and any additional material you use in writing your essay.
While philosophy typically uses the Chicago Manual of Style format for references, you may use EITHER APA or MLA format
You need to have works cited page as well as parenthetical citations when necessary.
Feel free to use any additional scholarly material to help you write this paper. This is a well-researched topic and many articles exist that could help you.
In order to earn an A grade (typically a 95, adjusted slightly up or down), the paper MUST have ALL of the following:
A clear thesis A brief introduction that focuses on outlining the paper’s argument
A focus on Socrates’ own words to develop the argument. Remember, you are arguing what Socrates’ would say, not what You would say.
A brief but clear explanation of key concepts, particularly civil disobedience and justice.
A well-formed, clear argument for Socrates’ position
A brief conclusion that summarizes the paper’s argument
A Complete works cited page. (Note: the works cited page does not count as one of the 2-3 pages for the paper
Evidence of editing for typos, grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc