/Tag: 1000 Word Philosophy
1 02, 2019

Social Contract Theory

By |2019-03-27T17:53:05+00:00February 1st, 2019|Justice, Theory|0 Comments

When you make an agreement of some significance (e.g., to rent an apartment, or join a gym, or divorce), you typically agree to certain terms: you sign a contract. This is for your benefit, and for the the other party’s benefit: everyone’s expectations are clear, as are the consequences of failing to meet those expectations.

11 01, 2019

Plato’s Crito: When should we break the law?

By |2019-03-27T18:14:49+00:00January 11th, 2019|Arts & Letters, Justice, Theory|0 Comments

Plato’s Crito describes a conversation that takes place in 399 B.C.E. in an Athens prison, where Socrates awaits execution.Not long before, an assembly of more than 500 Athenian citizens convicted Socrates of corrupting the youth and impiety, essentially failing to respect the gods of the city.