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The Republic written by Plato examines many things It mainly is about the Good lifePlato seems to believe that the perfect life is led only under perfect conditions which isthe perfect society Within the perfect society there would have to be justice In theRepublic it seems that justice is defined many different ways In this paper I am going todiscuss a few First I am going to discuss the reason why Glaucon and Adeimantus seejustice as being a bad thing and it is better to live a unjust lifePlatos elder brother Glaucon argues that the just man is only just because of thefear that he will get caught and punished or the fear of having a bad reputations Heexplains this decision in the story of the two magic rings The rings of magic would makea man invisible whenever he turns it on his finger He believed that each man would act inthe same manor They would both break into houses unseen and help themselves to whateverthey wanted The just man would no longer feel the need to be just He would have twolifestyles one being just in front of the eyes of the society and two being the unjustman invisible unable to get caught Glaucon say this proves that people are just onlybecause they find it necessaryAdeimantus another philosopher and Socrates elder brother brought up the fact that weshould take a look at the kinds of things people actually say when they get praisedjustice and condemn injustice Adeimantus explains by saying that fathers tell there sonsto be just because of the good reputations and social prestige that attaches to justiceSo it is not justice itself that is recommended but rather the respectability that itbrings with it He believes that the son will realize to be just is only worth it if youcan get a good reputation Unless you are truly just the gods will punish you but as wehave learned from the poets the gods
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