Comparing Thucydides And Plato 's Work On The Peloponnesian War

756 Words May 6th, 2016 4 Pages
The idea of right and wrong have been something of question throughout the span of time. If I do this am I a bad person? What if no one saw me? Ethics gives us codes in which we use to give morality to our lives. In reading about Thucydides and Plato we see that, while both highly regarded philosophers, the methods they use to teach are vastly different. Thucydides preferred an empirical style in the way that he chose to approach his studies of human nature and believes that justice is determined by strength, where Plato was said to have a more normative claim and deems that an individual’s constitution dictates what is right. In my reading of these two philosophers, both present their opinions through stories which provide the reasons behind their respective philosophies and at the same time call out the faults in the others beliefs. Thucydides was a philosopher who dealt with facts and evidence, as one can understand from his empirical claims. His work on the Peloponnesian War shows us that he believes his ways of teaching, about being a good and just human, are correct. A statement from an Athenian representative states “the standard of justice depends on the equality of power to compel and that in fact the strong do what they have the power to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.” (Newton, 2004a, p. 2). This proclamation is validated further by the Athenians reasoning of the favor of the gods in which he argues that the Melians are no more entitled to favor…

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