Essay Morality : A Moral Standard Of Truth

1197 Words May 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Morality For centuries questions about justice, honor, and morality have been pondered and debated to discover if there is indeed an absolute standard of truth. From the historical time periods of Socrates and Plato to modern day philosophers, the question of morality is still a mystery. Is there a moral standard that all humans are subject to abide? This question fuels many opinions about what one’s code of ethics should be and if these judgments are universal truths, or relative to one’s culture and opinions. The following examines two philosophers’ notions about justice and the correlation it has to being moral, as well as, two more causes in which morality should be something society should strive to abide in. One of the debates of morality is seen between two philosophers’ answer to the question, “what is justice?” The first philosopher, Thrasymachus, came from a Sophists background in which it was believed that all morality was relative and based off of one’s personal desires and culture “The Sophists embraced and capitalized on the moral diversity among various cultures and the apparent lack of a universal moral standard” (Clark and Poortenga, 2003: p 8). Thrasymachus’ opinion of justice was that whoever possessed the most power over another was just “Justice is merely the advantage of interest among the stronger” (Clark and Poortenga, 2003 p 9). Conversely, Plato, a philosopher and student of Socrates, creates an elaborate picture of justice, which supports the…

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