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Sam Robinson PLATO: What is justice? Is being just something we do because we are moral individuals, or because there is reward in the end? Justice is a way of negating both those who do unjust things and who suffer from unjust things. Justice as an intermediate (birth of legal system) GLAUCON The ring= With great power comes great responsibility (Spiderman) The Ring= LOTR When presented with godlike powers, the just and unjust would act the same. Justice is not seeked willingly or when in private, only when compelled to be (counterpoint= cops who love their job?, A Judge? Vigilantes? Superheroes?) We cheer just people in public, yet think of them as “wretched and stupid” in private. Plato’s goal is to show that being just will make an individual happier and lead him to a better life. Personal satisfaction Virtuous state Group 1: farmers, merchants, etc (motivated by the love of wealth) Group 2: Law enforcement (motivated by the desire of honor) Group 3: Rulers of the state (motivated by desire for order and well being of all)
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PHIL 330 taught by Professor Kaufman during the Spring '08 term at Ithaca College.

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