Socratic Justice And The Trial And Death Of Socrates

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Socratic Justice is defined as the argumentative reasoning that relies on fairness and justice and ultimately doing what is best for your country. In this paper I will explain how Socratic Justice plays a big role in The Trial and Death of Socrates. I will also go into detail about the differences between Machiavelli’s views of government as opposed to Socrates’s. Socrates and Machiavelli are two the greatest philosophers known today. Both had an effective way of showing and standing up for what they believe in. While both men were very intelligent, Socrates and Machiavelli differ with their views on justice. Socrates defines justice as doing what is best for the wellbeing of his country. Socrates shows this when given the chance to flee the country he refuses because he feels it will affect the wellbeing of his people. “See what follows from this: if we leave here without the city’s permission, are we harming the people whom we should least do harm to? Are we sticking to a just agreement, or not?” (Plato, Crito, 50a) Whereas Machiavelli believes that justice doesn’t just happen like Socrates did. Machiavelli believes that justice must be fought for and believes the fighter makes the definition of justice. “A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands” (Machiavelli, ch14) One main difference between Socrates and

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