Plato 's The Republic Essay

1475 Words Oct 17th, 2014 6 Pages
At the end of Book IV of the Republic, Socrates offers a response to Glaucon 's question, “What is justice?” Socrates states his answer through various forms of metaphors and images. To the naked eye, his response is rather contradictory and baffling. Yet, through thorough reading, discussion, and bearing a perplexed eagerness to explore such classic ambiguity, one can only then begin to understand Socrates claim as to what consists of justice. Socrates himself identifies that his outlook is, indeed, much or unconventional therefore he adds his own parables and metaphors to ease this quaint contradictory declarations. Socrates ' overall manifesto, as to the purpose of the all-inclusive virtue of justice, is that in order to answer, “What is justice?” we must define the essence and importance of truth.
We long for knowledge and understanding. What drives such desire is due to fear—fear of wrongfulness. The fear of being wrong originates early in our lives. One “fears” kinds of wrongfulness “more than anything.” Such fear stifles us when there is not a truth or correctness to find which then implicitly places us into living in ignorance. We choose to reside in our own little gullibly created world of solidarity with those who also lack complete understanding. The inclusive idea of being right, to “get it” or to “understand” excites a peace and a power within us. We constitutes such rightness as a need. Rightness then equates to truth. Nevertheless, in our quest to harness…

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