The Concept Of Justice In Plato's 'The Republic'

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Sedat Çifci 122052015 Bingöl University JUSTICE, WHAT JUSTICE? Has any of you ever thought what justice is and why people need to be just. As we look at the book “The Republic” by Plato, we see that it is set out to explain what the justice is, how and why people ought to be just. Plato employs a perfect way of explaining it. He applies to the dialogues through his teacher Socrates, and through these dialogues he seeks to shed a light upon what the justice is. While explaining justice, it is apparently seen that Plato makes exploration about basic concepts of justice, the way justice is perceived by the society, and how it is applied at the personal level. Throughout book, it is implied that justice does not have a single meaning, but it has multiple meanings and it is perceived in a different way by each person. In the book Plato employs other issues, and in his translation of the Plato’s republic, Bloom that Socrates was just and still he was executed, thus he inspires that “The Republic” is a kind of defence of Socrates’ execution. As the scholars point…show more content…
The just individual doesn’t lust for everything but goodness. Thus, Socrates comes up with a new idea. He thinks that philosophers are the most appropriate people for that just people definition. Singpurwalla says that the philosopher, the paradigmatic just individual, is motivated to rule the city the philosopher aims not at his own personal good, but at instantiating goodness in the city. In addition to the definition and the nature of the justice, Plato also shows that justice is worthwhile. Kamtekar declares that In the Republic, Socrates says that social justice is ‘doing one’s own’, i.e. ‘everyone must practice one of the occupations in the city for which he is naturally best suited’. One would ordinarily suppose social justice to concern not
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