Plato: Republic I
ISBN: 1853992542
EAN13: 9781853992544
Language: English
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
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What is the true nature of dikaiosyne (justice)? In the dialogue that forms Book I of The Republic Socrates meets the arguments first of Polemarchus, that justice means speaking the truth and paying one's dues in the broadest sense; then of Thrasymachus, that it is nothing more than the power which the strong exercise over the weaker members of society. In reality, Book I concludes, justice, self-control ( sophrosyne ), and virtue ( arete ) are 'natural'; the city which displays them is most truly free; the individuals who possess them will achieve their true destiny.

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