Rousseau, And Crito By Plato: The Components Of Political Ethics And Politics

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Politics and ethics are two vital components of a functioning society. When these two components are carefully balanced a sate/society can remain organized and fair to its citizens. In a realistic society the idea of what political ethics and human nature consist of varies, but in an idealistic society political ethics and human nature possess a common ground. Political ethics and human nature were a mutual understanding at some point but as societies grew, citizens began to think as individuals instead of as a collective. As a result of this self-serving behavior, inequality and the mistreatment of others quickly followed. Philosophers Niccolò Machiavelli, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Socrates all share their own differentiated views on true political …show more content…
In the works The Apology of Socrates and Crito by Plato and The discourses of Inequality by Jean Jacques Rousseau, Socrates and Rousseau both support an idealistic point of view when approaching political landscape. In contrast, in his work The Prince, philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli supports a realistic point of view when approaching true political landscape. In his work The Apology of Socrates, Plato explains Socrates’ idealistic concept of ethics and politics. In 399 B.C.E. Socrates, accused of corrupting the youth and “making the weaker argument defeat the stronger” (Plato), faced the furious Athenian jury. During his trial/apology Socrates explained his perspective, stating that he was no fool because he was aware that he knew nothing “I am wiser than this man; neither of us probably knows anything…, but he thinks he has knowledge, when he has not, while I, having no knowledge,

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