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RepublicStudyGuideI - The Republic Study Guide Book I...

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The Republic Study Guide Book I Discussion Questions 1. Describe the setting of this dialogue. What is the relationship between Socrates and those who participate in the discussion? 2. What is significant about Cephalus’s remark on the fading of physical pleasure in old age (328d)? How does this remark on a common experience in life provide an impetus for the discussion that follows? What are the “mad masters” of the soul (329d)? 3. When Socrates asks Cephalus the value of his wealth, how does Cephalus respond? Can one square one’s moral accounts with money? Is a balanced ledger in one’s dealings with others evidence of a just life? How does Socrates object to this definition of justice? 4. Is it just to benefit our friends and harm our enemies? What if our friends are unjust or make mistakes? 5. Should the just ever harm anyone? Isn’t harm always destructive? 6. Thrasymachus, who is wise to the wily methods of Socrates, asks him to provide a definition of justice rather than object to the definitions of others. Does Socrates oblige him?
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