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Philosophy Taster Lecture

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‘Socrates in Prison’

When ought people to obey the law, and why? In 399BC, at the height of his fame, the philosopher Socrates was put on trial in his home city of Athens, and condemned to death. He spent some days in prison before his death, and during this time his friends arranged for him to escape – if he were willing. But according to Plato’s account in his short dialogue Crito, Socrates turned down the chance, arguing that it would be wrong not to respect even an unjust verdict. In this talk, we will consider Socrates’s reasons for thinking this, and more generally ask when laws have a moral claim on us and when they do not.


We look forward to welcoming current Year 12 and Year 13 who are interested in studying Philosophy.

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Date: 25th March 2019

Time: Please arrive from 18.15. The event itself will start at 18.30 and finish at 19.30.

Location: New College of the Humanities

Lecturer: Dr David Mitchell