Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 4, April 2011

Phillip Shannon
Pages 3-14

The Piety of Escape

This paper examines two seemingly contradictory views of piety found in Plato’s Euthryphro and Crito. Using the Socratic dialogues for evidence of what Socrates actually believed and to piece together a Socratic account of piety, it seems that his argument in favor of remaining in prison is inconsistent with his own beliefs. The paper concludes that Socrates ought not to have thought it was impious to escape from prison.