The Argument Between Thrasymachus And Socrates

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In the following paper I am going to defend my personal position on whether or not justice is objective. I am going to explain the argument between Socrates and Thrasymachus and define the terms used. Next I will give supporting evidence to support my position. I agree with Socrates, which is that justice is an objective truth. I am now going to define some terms that pertain to the argument between Thrasymachus and Socrates. The Sophists were a presocratic group that earned a living by teaching young Greek men lessons in excellence and to speak intelligently and persuasively. Sophists, like Thrasymachus, believed in subjective truth. Subjective truths are truths that in some way depend on us. How we think or feel on a matter is a…show more content…
The things done were advantageous for the leader not the people. We look back in history and see that what they did was not moral or just because a group of people followed subjective truths not objective truths. Socrates argues that justice is not what is advantageous for the stronger and that justice is an objective truth. We must use rational thought to determine what justice is. It is a Philosopher's job to do this because they live the contemplative life. Contemplative life is a life oriented around contemplation and purely intellectual activity. This life emphasises intellectual virtue, particularly wisdom. A Philosopher lives the contemplative life. They possess wisdom that that they can use to discern what the objective truths are. Philosophers also are wise enough to know that they are not omniscient and that they must continually pursue knowledge through rational activity. Socrates responds to Thrasymachus’ argument that justice is what is advantageous for the stronger by saying that justice is actually what is advantageous for the weaker. He gives an example of a horse trainer. The horse trainer is obviously the superior of the two and in charge of the horse but it does what is advantageous to the horse not himself. The same goes for a doctor who does what is good for his patients and a captain does what is advantageous for his sailors. I am now going to defend Socrates position with my own thoughts and opinions along with
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