Essay about What according to Socrates is a just city

1333 Words Oct 25th, 2006 4 Pages
According to Socrates a just city where most of the population is virtuous, because a just city is based on the virtues of wisdom, moderation, and courage. The reason the city came into existence was for justice, not pleasure and happiness. Wisdom and good judgment are based upon knowledge. Also, Socrates examines the effect of wealth on craftsmen, and states that if a potter gets rich, he will not be concerned for his craft and will become lazy and a bad potter; unless he remains poor, then he wont be able to afford the tools needed to become a good or better potter. As a result, both wealth and poverty cause bad work and workmen, and it should be the duty of the guardians to prevent these from coming into the city.

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Socrates then says that all philosophers must have honest in nature, and they must hate lies. This is because someone who is passionately in love will concern everything they do with what matters to him his love. Since philosophers love wisdom, and wisdom is very much related to truth, they must also love truth. Philosophers who have true

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