TRAD 104 Socrates vs. Polus (II): Justice and the Agent's True GoodI. Aren't some unjust people happy, i.e., well off (Eudaimon)? Wouldn't you trade places with Archelaus, if you had the chance? A. Polus: Sure you would! Being able to do whatever it takes to achieve your wishes, so the ability to kill your enemies, etc., and get away with it, is guaranteed to make you happy. B. Socrates: You're wrong to envy Archelaus! Being able to do what you think best isn't enough to be happy; in fact, there is nothing worse for someone than for him to do wrong, so that killing others unjustlymakes you worse off, whatever the circumstances. C. Polus: You must be crazy, Socrates! If Archelaus's crimes made him unhappy, that would be news to him (he's never shown a sign of regret his entire life), and that shows that his crimes haven't made him unhappy! In fact, they seem to have made him happy. tII. Is it worse to do wrong than to suffer wrong? IA. Socrates's argument A1. Doing wrong is more contemptible than suffering it. 2. If x is more contemptible than y it must be either because x is more painful than
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