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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


#plato #justice #therepublic

The Republic


~ 380 BC



Plato begins discussing traditional views of justice:

1) Justice is a code of ethics. "Speaking the truth and paying your debts."

2) "Justice is the art which gives good to friends and evil to enemies."

3) "justice [is what the states] deliver to their subjects, and him who transgresses they punish as a breaker of the law, and unjust...Everywhere there is one principle of justice, which is the interest of the stronger."

4) Justice is receiving honor.

5) Justice is pleasing God.

None are found quite satisfying.

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