Course Journal #2

Course Journal #2 - Alexandra Kono January 17, 2012...

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Alexandra Kono January 17, 2012 Berliner Course Journal #2: Books II and III In the beginning of Book II, Glaucon challenges Socrates belief that justice is of the highest class by arguing that justice, rather, belongs in the lowest class because it is valued only for the consequences. Glaucon reiterates that people act out of good will and justice is practiced for the sake of the rewards that come from a just reputation, as well as the fear of punishment for those who are caught doing unjust actions. Society comes to an agreement that suffering from injustice outweighs the natural tendency to do so, hence society creates laws and rules. To further emphasize the argument that people act just out of fear of punishment rather than the idea of justice itself, Glaucon states that if a just person was given the ability to be invisible and was not held accountable for any of his or her actions, it is most probable that his or her actions would mirror that of an unjust person—stealing, killing, or raping people. Glaucon ends his argument
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