Plato Injustice vs Justice

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Through out Book One of Plato‘s Republic. Thrasymachus' theory revolutionized the entire perception of justice and injustice. He puts forth that justice is an unnatural way of living while injustice is natural and is categorized in self-interest. Through his beliefs he speaks of injustice being the best. He also portrays that perfect injustice parallels with the most excellent human being.

Thrasymachus significantly differentiated between the two viewpoints of what justice and injustice is. After the argumentation with Socrates and the rest of the men, he was finally able to express his own opinion. Thrasymachus believed that justice was in simple terms "the advantage of the stronger"#. To prove this point Thrasymachus used the ruling party of a city as an example. He believes that leaders have the advantage because they generate laws that benefit themselves. Thrasymachus proceeds by saying that "they declare what they have made-what is to their own advantage- to be just for their subjects, and they punish anyone who goes against this as lawless and unjust.#" This statement declares that the one who has established rule are unjust because one automatically has the advantage or power. The rest of society is then left ineffectual because obeying and serving the ruling party, or "the stronger" is their only option.

Thrasymachus continues to provide evidence by discussing how rulers, while powerful, remain just by trying to help other people. For example a doctor will never make an error while taking part in his examinations or medical work. Even when his knowledge fails him, a physician will avoid failure because this would contradict his title as doctor. A doctor refers to his medicine as a just development because the art of medicine is to do what is advantageous for the body. Thrasymachus says that "A ruler, insofar as he is a ruler, never makes errors and unerringly decrees what is best for himself and this his subject must do, Thus,...
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