Justice Bitches

Justice Bitches - Malik Wallington Professor Richard Polt...

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Professor Richard Polt Philosophy 100-20: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 05:54:52 What Is Justice? Plato’s The Republic is often regarded as the standard bearer for attempting to answer the age old question of what is Justice. In this dialogue Plato through the mouthpiece of Socrates, wrestles with other philosophers in attempts to answer this pertinent question. In the fourth book of The Republic Socrates argues that the state is a larger representation of the individual therefore since the individual corresponds on a smaller scale to those of the state justice must also exist in the individual and justice in it self is good. This complex and descriptive definition of justice is formed using a process of elimination were Socrates and Glaucon systematically determine what constitutes a soul and how the soul directly correlates with the city and the greater good of humanity. Socrates begins his dialogue with Glaucon using an example of a thirsty man who longs for a drink and does not want anything else but a drink but for some reason (suspicion of poison, allergy, dietary) this man does not take this drink (439a-c). This analogy of the drinking man proves that there are some other types of elements in the soul because this man had the will to both drink and to not drink this shows that there is independent elements that that act in independent manners there is one that acts on appetite there one that acts on reason and there is one that acts on passions. Socrates enforces this three part soul with the story of Leonitus who saw some dead bodies and
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Polt during the Spring '08 term at Williams.

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