#10 – What Is Justice? Plato’s Republic: Book I

Scott and the seminar leaders at Online Great Books discuss Book I of Plato’s Republic. The central question posed by Socrates — what is justice? — is the focal point of Book I. Socrates discusses with three companions the nature of justice. Cephalus offers a definition of justice of that which owed. Polemarchus says justice is “the art which gives good to friends and evil to enemies.” Thrasymachus proclaims “justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger.”

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