Thrasymachus in book one admit that the view he is proceeding supports injustice as a good value. In Thrasymachus view, life is seen as a continual competition to get more money, more power, etc and whoever is most successful in the competition has the greatest virtue. Thrasymachus pretense his own definition of justice the interest of the stronger in book one. Thrasymachus unleashes a long diatribe; declaring that injustice benefits the ruler absolutely.
In book two Glaucon ends his speech with an attempt to show that not only do people prefer to be unjust rather than just, but also that it is normal for them to do so. The perfectly unjust life, he argues, is more pleasant than the perfectly just life. In making this claim, he draws two detailed portraits of the just and unjust man. The completely unjust man, who indulges all his urges, is honored and rewarded with wealth. The completely just man, on the other hand, is scorned and wretched.
Glaucon appeals to the Ring of Gyges. According to mythology, this ring has the special power to make its possessor invisible. Glaucon's intention in invoking this magical entity... [continues]
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