Socrates Sides With Creon Or A


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 justice ...

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when Creon chose Eteocles to take the thrown. Polyneices was outraged and left Thebes and went to the neighboring city to fight against Thebes and ended up dying in battle, and Eteocles also died. Eteocles received a military burial with all the bells and whistles while Polyneices was sworn by Creon to receive no burial. Antigone decides that the ruling made by her uncle is unjust and goes against the king and secretly buries her brother because she feels that family comes before the state and even though he betrayed the state and fought against it he is family and therefore deserves to at least be buried. So the rest of the play is about Antigone’s views on justice vs. her uncles views.
Creon as King of Thebes feels that although he is related to Polyneices he must rule with only the state in mind. 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 ...

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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 ...

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