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Phil 115 paper - Paper#1 It is often said that history is...

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Paper #1 It is often said that history is written by whoever wins the battle or war to write it. In other words, the winner, the one that has not been defeated is seen as the stronger entity. Justice is the power given to those who have won the power to rule. It is with this notion that Thrasymachus makes his argument that “justice is nothing other than the advantage of the stronger.”(338c) This argument has been debated upon for centuries along with Socrates’ counterargument. For justice and injustice many claims and counter-claims can be made with unlimited hypothetical situations. Thrasymachus almost stuns the others by making his statement. At first, it seems that he was trying to impress all of the others involved in the conversation. By making the statement that justice is the advantage of the stronger, he refutes the claim made earlier by Polemarchus that justice is doing good to friends and harm to enemies.(332) Thrasymachus claims that rulers make the laws to their own advantage. After Socrates asks a couple of questions, Thrasymachus thinks that Socrates is trying to trap him, which is not the case. Socrates arguments are made using the Socratic method, which is essentially asking questions. Socrates asks if the rulers are liable to error, to which Thrasymachus responds that they are. This response is the first break in Thrasymachus’s original statement which Socrates has caught.
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