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  • Thrasymachus View 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...
  • Just Can One Person
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    Justice What problems in achieving justice are highlighted in some of the statements Justice! Is everything we hear or see just Can we believe that every judgement the jury of the court in every case that was heard just No, we cannot say that everything we hear and see is just. Justice is not black and white. "Rigid justice is the greatest injustice" - quote Thomas Fuller. This quote shows us that justice should be flexible and not black and white and if it were rigid, then it would be an injust...
  • Careful Examination Of Socrates Arguments Against Thrasymachus
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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...
  • General Themes Like Community And Responsibility
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    The Hurricane Bob Dylan's song, The Hurricane, brings to surface several of the themes covered in class this semester. The song explores general themes like community and responsibility, while also focusing on many of the sub-themes, such as justice and injustice, appearance and reality, and loyalty and abandonment. Throughout the song, the main characters constantly battle with the above themes in attempt to frame an innocent man. While the song brings up many of these themes, Dylan's character...
  • Hume Believes Justice
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    In his Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, Hume offers up a number of virtues and qualities which are valued for any of four reasons: they are useful to the individual, useful to society, agreeable to the individual, or agreeable to society. One of the qualities which Hume elucidates is justice. This quality, however, according to Hume, is valued solely for its usefulness and not upon any agree ability to anyone. Hume explains his position thusly. Hume imagines a scenario in which all t...
  • Desirable Nature Of Justice
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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 orchestrates...
  • Setting Of The Ring
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    There exists a story, about a certain Ring of Gages. In short form, the story goes like this: A man happened upon a ring on the finger of a corpse inside of a hollow bronze horse. He took the ring from the corpse and put it on his finger. He continued to wear it as a regular ring, until the night of his monthly meeting to discuss the state of his flocks. He turned the setting of the ring toward himself to the inside of his hand. When he did this, he became invisible and those around him continue...
  • Nature Of Justice And Injustice
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    What is Justice Justice, for the great Greek philosophers of ancient times and even for the great philosophers of today, is a controversial issue and has been up for immense discussion and review. The nature of justice and injustice has been stated and reviewed many times, however, the origin of the reviewing comes from the Greek Thrasymachus, who's thesis is later reviewed and modified by Glaucon. Glaucon's position is revised yet again by Thomas Hobbes, who's version is now the accepted form o...

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