Plato 's Views On Justice And Justice Essay

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Introduction: Who is Plato?
Plato was born in 428 BC and was one of the most influential political philosophers that significantly contributed to the impression of justice. Plato founded an Academy in Athens, where he was born, which happened to be the first institute that offered a higher level of education to students; he was a strong believer that knowledge would result in justice and a just society. His main reason for beginning to decipher law and justice started with the unjust trial of his teacher, Socrates. This stemmed into his book The Republic that highlights his view on justice, and various forms of government. Socrates’ Influence
It was the unjust trial of Plato’s teacher Socrates that initially intrigued him to grasp a greater understanding of law and justice. Socrates was Plato’s teacher and was convicted by the state for corrupting the minds of the youth and not believing in the Gods of the state. The death of Socrates compelled Plato to question justice. Plato strongly believed that it was due to the lack of knowledge of the people in power, which resulted in the unjust act of Socrates’ death (“Values and The Good Life” pg.25). He believed that if a philosopher king were in power then this irrational decision would not have been made. A philosopher in Plato’s mind has a substantial amount of knowledge and because of his knowledge would be able to come to a rational decision, which could have saved Socrates’ life (“Values and The Good Life” pg.25)…

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