What are Socrates' views on the relation between moral, political and legal obligation? Should one obey the law just because it is the law? What does Socrates think? What do you think?
An unexamined life is not worth living (Apology).
Socrates is a great philosopher of all times. He cared about his moral convictions above and beyond the duty or parameters of the political and legal obligations and restraints, on a citizen member of a society.
He captures the essence of all volition - piety, pursuit and acceptance of truth, singularity of a truthful individual and his moral obligation to stand up for the truth, regardless of anything, even a threat to his personal life itself.
Socrates teaches that the self analysis and criticality of a mind is essential to constantly evaluate the plausible reasons for the actions of any person, in order for that person to assume and uphold one's personal duty towards the morality of any behavior. He despises hidden anything. To him reasoning and questioning is everything so that a truthful and fair judgment can be made and passed. He is not shy of owning up to his mistake and he encourages the personal mettle of any soul who is devoted to finding the truth and then up holding that truth.
Clarity of consciousness is all that Socrates wants and that is why to him, the personal saving grace is not simply abiding by law or fear of a policy, but believing in its value, to be able to fulfill it without any reservations. He wants us to leave no stone unturned lest moral defame becomes the outcome. He does not like ...
Socrates' views on the relation between moral, political and legal obligation