Premises and Conclusions of Crito

Premises and Conclusions of Crito
Mildred Rubley
Ashford University
Informal Logic
PHI 103
Jennifer Hacker
April 12, 2014

Premises and Conclusions of Crito
Socrates was convicted, sent to jail, and a waiting to be executed. Two days before Socrates was to be executed, his friend Crito came to see him. This is where Crito presents his argument to Socrates about escaping from prison. Crito explains that plans were in place for the escape and arrangements have been made to travel to another country. Crito has his own premises and conclusion for Socrates to escape, but Socrates has his own premises and conclusion for him not to escape. We shall be taking a look at both of their premises and conclusions within this paper.
Crito’s premises are simply stated. He did not want to lose his friend was the first thing he wanted Socrates to know. Crito was also scared of what other people would think of him. “For if you die I shall not only lose a friend who can never be replaced, but there is another evil: people who do not know you and me will believe that I might have saved you if I had been willing to give money, but that I did not care.” (Jowett, B. (Trans.) 2009). Crito also refers to the informer that can be bought off with a little money, so they did not need to worry about them. To push his point Crito makes the premises that by Socrates agree to accept his punishment is wrong and that he has no obligation to the city. It is very clear that Crito’s premises are supporting the conclusion which is that Socrates should escape from prison. Of course this argument,t is not one sided, Socrates has his own premises and conclusion throughout this argument between himself and Crito.
The first premise that Socrates brings forth is that one should live a life worth having. “that is true; but still I find with surprise that the old argument is, as I conceive, unshaken as ever. And I should like to know whether I may say the same of other proposition- that not life,...