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PoliSciFebruary 6 - February 6 2008 Self Interest and...

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Unformatted text preview: February 6, 2008 Self Interest and Justice 1. Glaucon’s Challenge to Socrates a. Injustice appears to be naturally good i. if you can get away with stealing, cheating then you’re better off b. Suffering injustice seems to be naturally bad c. Solution- we form a society through a compact i. Create laws, forms of punishment in order to avoid injustice from happening ii. We don’t willingly do justice iii. We only do cause there are consequences to face if we don’t d. Justice is merely a convention 2. Justice as a convention a. Justice is a willingness to abide by a convention/contract 3. The Ring of Gyges a. If not going to get caught, then one is going to do unjust things b. If can really get away with it, then nothing to stop you from doing it c. Strip the man of everything except his justice i. You would still do the unjust d. Adeimantu i. Every time justice is praised, its praised cause of the justice and rewards that it brings ii. Do-gooders are boring characters, doing good is a kind of drudgery...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLY SCI 1 taught by Professor Digeser during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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PoliSciFebruary 6 - February 6 2008 Self Interest and...

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