3 Cardinal Virtues - CMPT 10/3 Class Notes 3 Cardinal...

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CMPT 10/3 Class Notes 3 Cardinal virtues Courage Wisdom Moderation Is it possible/is it right to ask people to make such extreme sacrifices, such as killing defected kids, telling guardians they can’t get married, etc? The whole discussion has been a speech, a thought experiment, but is it actually possible to come to fruition? The thought experiment started with a desire for an independent criteria for justice If this can’t come to fruition can we not find justice? “IF it is impossible for the kalipolis to come to existence, then what happens to that independent definition of justice that we were looking for.” The utopia presented in the experiment gives us a target for how society should be, and if we can be approximately close to it It also shows us what to criticize. “According to Plato, from the very beginning, we didn’t want to say that what we think of justice or the kalipolis can be actualized. We knew that our virtuous/just city is a city only in speech .” Since the kalipolis cannot come to fruition, we look for the 2 nd best option What our thought experiment clarifies is the form of justice and the kalipolis The 2 nd best option is one in which citizens are participate in the form of justice The more we participate in the form of justice the more we become happy (perfect) This form of justice is the most perfect archetype which stays beyond our achievement
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  • Fall '13
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