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Paradox of the Republic Paradoxes are ideas that seem to be in opposition to one another but are mutually needed to function In Platos Republic he discusses several paradoxes While reading The Republic we can see which side of these paradoxes Plato favors We find which side he feels should be stressed so that we may live in a reasonable and safe society and be better human beings There are three categories in which these paradoxes have been divided into ethical metaphysical and political Plato was a legendary Athenian philosopher His main influence was his teacher Socrates whom he thought died unjustly The Republic was written in dialogues narrated by Socrates These dialogues were Socrates teachings as best Plato could remember them His writings left an undeniable mark on the world The Republic was one of his most famous works It outlines the core of his beliefs Politically Plato explains the paradox of justice and the law Plato believes that absolute justice is the same for everyone without exception This justice goes beyond power and or money He feels justice is not necessarily the law Law is an imperfect form of justice What is legal is not necessarily moral In Book 1 of Platos The Republic Plato explains that justice is a balance between reason courage and mans needs or in other words the head the heart and the stomach He goes on to explain that justice or fairness does not always mean equal The law may change but justice remains constant A good rule or law however is a just rule Plato felt that to get people to act justly one must teach them ethics and values He also believed that along with these ethics and values we must have a reasonable understanding of these rules An understanding of these rules is needed so people are more apt to comply with them and therefore maintain a just and fair society Another paradox discussed
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