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Republic II: Objections to Justice

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780195086454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833306 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195086457.003.0012
Republic II: Objections to Justice

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In this chapter, Plato’s view of justice is presented, which possibly differs from Socrates’. Plato’s “sufficient thesis” (virtue is sufficient for happiness), is compared with the “comparative thesis” (virtue is always better then non-virtue), held by Glaucon and Adeimantus. A detailed discussion of all the relevant problems of book II, the relation between happiness and justice, is outlined. In conclusion, some aspects of Plato’s view are critically evaluated.

Keywords: Adeimantus; Comparative thesis; Glaucon; Happiness; Justice; Republic; Plato; Virtue; Sufficient thesis

Chapter.  12160 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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