The Definition Of Justice In Plato's The Republic?

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“The Republic” is a book written by Plato in 380B.C. and was considered one of the most important works of political theory. Plato was born in 428 B.C., he founded the Academy in Athens where he gave higher learning for people. He believed that the Academy would produce future leaders who could help his country become a luxurious and just. His idea was that a just city is a city where every part of it does its own work without interfering in others work (principle of specialization). In his book, Plato describes how the perfect political system should be. He first discusses the definition of justice by a certain argument between Socrates his teacher and some other friends. Each idea or point of view given by one of the interlocutors reflected his own…show more content…
As we will see in this essay, the discussion of Book 1 reflects the idea that every definition given by each character involved in the discussion reflects his personality. A character analysis, in addition to the interaction of Socrates are discussed in this essay. What is justice? Why should we be just? These two questions were the main idea of the discussion between Socrates and his friends: Glaucon, Adeimantus, Polemarchus, Cephalus… Socrates asks the question of the definition of justice, each one of the interlocutors answers the question in his own way that, according to Socrates, reflects his own personality. One of the important definitions given was that given by Thrasymachus: he defines justice as the advantage of the stronger. “Now listen, I say that the just is nothing other than the advantage of the stronger. Well why don’t you praise me? But you won’t be willing”. He said his definition and was sure that it was right. He also considered that Socrates was a liar and doesn’t know what he’s talking about because in earlier discussions Socrates didn’t give a suitable answer of the definition of justice, he just asked questions that were a bit mystery, and that was his way to prove
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