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The ultimate question that has everyone puzzled in Platos Republic by Allan Bloom is What is Justice This question becomes the basis for every argument posed by Socrates In Book I of the Republic Socrates encounters three individuals who believe they know what the definition of justice is While both Cephalus and Polemarchus pose excellent arguments to determine which account of justice best accomplishes the goal of having everyone receive his or her due Thrasymachus presents two convincing arguments justice being the advantage of the stronger and justice being anothers good which overpower the other two accounts of justice Despite the holes Socrates pokes in Thrasymachus argument as part of his unique reasoning method the idea of justice being the advantage of the stronger and justice being anothers good suppresses Socrates argument against Thrasymachus As Socrates finishes off his argument on justice with Polemarchus Thrasymachus interrupts them by saying he believes he might have a sufficient explanation as to what justice could be He proposes two opinions justice is the advantage of the stronger and justice is anothers good Well what does Thrasymachus even mean when he says justice is the advantage of the stronger When speaking of the stronger he refers to the rulersgovernment of a city He suggests that justice is in the interest of the stronger ruler because as being the people with higher authority the ruling party passes laws that are to its own advantage and punishes those who break the laws They define justice as obeying the law Thrasymachus clarifies how justice is obeying the laws and since the ruling party makes the laws the stronger we can conclude that justice is the advantage of the stronger The quote from book I of the Republic Democracy makes democratic laws tranny makes tyrannical laws and soon with the others338e shows that justice everywhere is to the advantage of the stronger and that to act justly is to benefit a stronger-than-oneself Socrates
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