Socrates's Definition Of Justice

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In the Republic, Socrates try 's to find the answer to a question we have all probably asked ourselves, what is Justice? Plato uses the Republic to illustrate the definitions that one may find for the word. However, a question that I will be tackling in this essay is, "If one does not believe in God, the does Justice matter?" asked by Daniel Frankel. The answer is no, Justice would not matter if one did not believe in Him and I will prove my thesis through the definitions of Justice in the eyes of Cephalus, his son Polemarchus & a sophist named Thrasymachus. In Book 1 of the Republic, Socrates asked an old man by the name of Cephalus, what Justice was. To that, the old man replied that Justice is living up to your legal obligations & being …show more content…
Mind you, this was in a time when the elites basically ruled Ancient Athens, so his stand point is understandable, but it is not Justice. Socrates tells him that that is not Justice but injusticeand that Justice is a virtue. Virtuousness is something that has always had a postive conotation. When one speaks of virtue, words like holy, righteousness, divinity, and goodness come to mind. you cannot have virtue without a supreme source of goodness and r ighteousness. Would it be possible to have a Turkey on Thanksgiving if Thanksgiving never …show more content…
If I were to say that Donald Trump is my enemy, no one would ask why because birds of a feather flock together. My friends and I have the same view s of morals and behaviour in soicety, whereas Donald Trump definetly does not. So what bird would like a worm if not to eat it up? But that does not stop Justice, because relationships are personal and vary from each individual, whereas the law is something that pertains to everyone, but then again, not everyone can be treated the same. Imagine all crimes had a consequece of 2 nights in jail no matter what the

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