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In Plato Five Dialogues, Socrates is consistent in Apology and Crito with his philosophies on obedience and disobedience.   It may seem on the surface level that he has changed his thoughts, but there is reasoning behind his outwardly change of view in Apology to Crito.   In Apology he appears to broadcast the fact that he will be disobedient to the court if they tell him to change his life style.   Whereas, in Crito he appears to approve with the courts verdict, and even when his friends try to get him to escape, he refuses.   It appears that Socrates has had a change of heart but his stance never changes.
  Apology is Socrates trial where he has to defend himself, in front of a jury, of accusations against him.   Meletus argues that he, “busies himself studying things in the sky and below the earth; he makes the worse into the stronger argument, and teaches these same things onto others” (Apology 24b).   Socrates argues that he is not a teacher because he does not accept pay.   The young men that follow him around are not his students, but try to mimic the way that he acts.   He says, however, that as long as he lives he will never stop practicing philosophy.   He makes it clear to the court that if they acquit him on the condition that he stops teaching philosophy he will not obey.   He tells the court, “Men of Athens, I am grateful and I am your friend, but I will obey the god rather than you, and as long as I draw breath and am able, I shall not cease to practice philosophy” (Apology 34d).   Socrates tells the jury that he will never stop practicing philosophy.   His belief is that he was commissioned by the gods to practice it and therefore the jury has no power over him and his actions.   Even if his practices go against the laws that Athens has established.  
When Socrates is found guilty by the jury, he then has to defend himself against the death penalty.   Meletus says that Socrates clearly deserves the death penalty because he admits he will not stop practicing...

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