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Glaucon’s Thrasymachean Challenge

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199934430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934430.003.0004
Glaucon’s Thrasymachean Challenge

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Glaucon and Adeimantus present themselves as renewing the arguments of Thrasymachus, yet most scholars have found it impossible to take them at their word, or to find in Thrasymachus’ account of justice anything worthy of lengthy response. This chapters shows that both views are mistaken. Thrasymachus raises an important problem for Socrates backed by a subtle naturalistic theory of justice, and it is indeed his arguments that Glaucon and Adeimantus are renewing.

Keywords: Thrasymachus; conventionalism about justice; naturalism about justice; ring of Gyges; Glaucon’s challenge; justice as the advantage of the stronger; justice as the good of another

Chapter.  12068 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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