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In Plato’s novel, The Republic , Socrates is challenged by a group of other philosophers to not only give his definition of justice, but to also explain why being a just person is desirable. He is in a discussion with Thrasymachus, Glaucon, and Adeimantus whom all agree that being unjust is more desirable than being just. Thrasymachus, who is a Sophist, explains to Socrates that there is no objective truth. He explains how justice is used by people with power on the weak-minded. He explains how law and morality are nothing more than convention and should be ignored. Thrasymachus believes that the unjust person is able to gain power faster by manipulating society. Thrasymachus goes even far enough to say that being unjust is a virtue. Thrasymachus believes that the person with the most material good is the most virtuous. While not agreeing with Thrasymachus, Glaucon and Adeimantus do not view justice as a desirable virtue. Glaucon shows his beliefs by expressing how justice is a necessary evil to avoid a greater evil. He uses the legend of the Ring of Gyges to
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Padmanaban during the Spring '06 term at Kenyon.

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