• Analysis Of Thrasymachus Justice Unjust Man
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    Analysis of Thrasymachus Throughout "The Republic" there exist different characters that each holds a unique importance towards the development of certain philosophies, in this case, the meaning of "justice." Thrasymachus is such a character, which could be considered a cynic by some; he plays an imperative role in the quest for the meaning of justice in the first book of "The Republic." While Cephalus and his son Polemarchus are unsuccessful in providing Socrates with an adequate definition of ...
  • The Republic Book 1 Theme Of Justice
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    The subject matter of the Republic is the nature of justice and its relation to human existence. Book I of the republic contains a critical examination of the nature and virtue of justice. Socrates engages in a dialectic with Thrasymachus, Polemarchus, and Cephalus, a method which leads to the asking and answering of questions which directs to a logical refutation and thus leading to a convincing argument of the true nature of justice. And that is the main function of Book I, to clear the ground...
  • Justice In Book I Of The Republic
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    The Republic of Plato begins in a similar fashion that many other Platonic dialogues begin, with that of a question. The conversation between Socrates and the aged Cephalus becomes a philosophical discussion of what advantages money has brought to Cephalus' life. Cephalus replies that money has allowed him 'to tell the truth and pay one's debts' (331 b). Nevertheless, Socrates believes this does not portray an accurate description of what justice is. The rest of the first book is a discussion of...
  • Socrates Vs Thrasymachus In The Republic
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    The Republic is one of the finest examples of a Platonic dialog. The subject matter discussed therein is difficult to summarize, at best. Covering subjects such as politics, the fine arts, education, it is no wonder so many have written volumes analyzing its various aspects. However, the driving force behind the many discussions is pursuit of the answer to the simple, yet evasive question, "What is justice" The heart of the debate on justice begins when, for a "fine", the Sophist Thrasymachus of...
  • Morality Moral Person
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    Plato Republic Socrates engages in conversations with people claiming to be experts, usual in ethical matters. By asking simple questions, Socrates gradually reveals that these people were in fact very confused and did not actually know anything about the matters about which they claimed to be an expert. Morality is the ethical matter that is brought up in Plato's Republic. Socrates argues the response of Cephalus, Polemarchus and Thrasymachus on what morality is. The question of morality came u...
  • Unjust Men Justice Socrates Thrasymachus
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    In the first book of the Republic Socrates and Thrasymachus argue about the nature of justice. Thrasymachus claims that justice is the advantage of the stronger. He also claims that Socrates' arguments against that position stem from a naive set of beliefs about the real intentions of rulers, and an uncritical approach to the way words acquire their meaning. Present the arguments on both sides. Who do you think is right? Justify your position. In the first book of the Republic Plato orchestrate...
  • Glaucon And Thrasymachus Virtuous Man
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    Glaucon and Thrasymachus Plato s Republic has six main characters, Glaucon, Adeimantus, Thrasymachus, Cephalus, Polymarchus and Socrates. The Republic is a dialogue between Socrates and each of these five men, the topic is justice, what it means to be just, who is just and why they choose to be just. Each man holds his own opinion and tries to convince Socrates that theirs is the correct answer. For the use of this paper I will be discussing in depth the characters of Thrasymachus and Glaucon. ...
  • Rulers Interest Thrasymachus Socrates Justice
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    In Book 1 of the 'Republic', Socrates, in answer to the question 'What is Justice' is presented with a real and dangerous alternative to what he thinks to be the truth about Justice. Julia Annas believes Thrasymachus thinks Justice and Injustice do have a real existence that is independent of human institutions; and that Thrasymachus makes a decided commitment to Injustice. She calls this view 'Immoralism': "the immoralist holds that there is an important question about justice, to be answered b...
  • Young Men Socrates Justice Thrasymachus
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    Book 1 of Plato's Republic raises the question what is justice Four views of justice are examined. The first is that justice is speaking the truth and paying one's debt. The second is that justice is helping one's friends and harming one's enemies. The third view of justice is that it is to the advantage of the stronger. The last view is that injustice is more profitable than justice. The book begins by explaining that at the time many Athenians are celebrating the introduction of a new goddess...
  • Plato Republic Justice Thrasymachus Person
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    Book I of Plato Republic sets the tone for the remainder of this piece of writing. It is in Book I that the reader is introduced to the method of argument and response that is so well documented in the remainder of Plato Republic. Thrasymachus, one of the antagonists in Plato Republic, makes his entrance in Book I, arguing with Socrates on many subjects, such as justice being the advantage of the "stronger," so to speak. Thrasymachus begins his reasoning about justice being, in actuality, the ad...