Critical Response #6

Critical Response #6 - Critical Response Paper#6 Justice...

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Critical Response Paper #6: Justice and the Ring of Gyges During the Classical period in Greece, many focused on reason to explain a certain situation, instead of relying on mythological explanation, like during the Homeric times. Socratic Method, or questioning and answering with people, was the main method in searching for reason. The use of the Socratic Method can be seen In The Republic , by Plato: Socrates and his pupils’ questioning definition of justice has a great similarity to Old Testament’s Job and his questioning for divine retribution. In Book II of The Republic , Glaucon, Socrates’s noble student, tries to explain his view of justice. Book I ended with Thrasymachus stating that people should ignore justice, because it does not benefit the people who believe in it: “I say that justice or right is simply what is in the interest of the stronger party” (18). Glaucon builds on Thrasymachus’s arguments and concludes that justice is a necessary evil, which allows to punish one person who did the wrong, instead of the person affecting evil on all of the society. He adds that people would rather be unjust than just, according to his example of the legend of the Ring Gyges. The arguments against justice as
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