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Elizabeth Harrison LBST 4800 Sept. 8 th Fall 2016 Plato’s The Republic Book 1 and 2 Summary In the beginning of the first book we are introduced to many characters, but soon narrow in one two, Socrates and Cephalus. These two start talking about life and what it is like as old age hits, whether or not their made their own wealth or inherited it, and lastly what is justice? This conversation last quite some time while both were gaining knowledge of one another. Cephalus makes many great points about old age and how if you have not done too much wrong to others you will feel at peace within yourself. However, this view on justice is a little weird because it is focused debt. While on the other hand Socrates battles what Cephalus said with different scenarios. When Cephalus leaves, his son Polemarchus comes to say justice is doing good to friends and evil to enemies. However, this cannot be right because by doing evil you are then unjust as well.

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