People who do not know you and me


Crito's arguments often are contrasted with those of Socrates as being of a very different kind.  Crito tends to offer very personal arguments specific to the details of Socrates' private life.  Socrates , however, argues more from principles of abstract justice. 

Here, Crito puts forth the classic "but what will people think" argument.   Socrates gently chastises him for saying we should only be concerned about what the educated and enlightened think, not about the opinions of the ignorant masses.

As an aside, the abstract universal approach of  Socrates, which has been typical of Western philosophy in general, has recently come under attack.   Feminist philosophers maintain that it is a male characteristic to approach dilemmas in this way.  A female approach would stress what is concrete, immediate, personal, and relational.  Whether this approach, or some combination of the two, is preferable, is a matter of great contemporary debate.  In any event, it lends a new light to the interpretations of the arguments found here - one which calls for a reassessment of the relative validity of Crito's and Socrates' respective arguments in light of gender.