The Republicn and a Brief History of Philosphy

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In The Republic there are six reoccurring themes education, justice, specialization, philosopher-king, soul, and truth. Plato uses justice though as the folk point and the remaining five trace back to justice. Socrates defines justice as “that one man should practice one thing only, the thing to which his nature was best adapted” (Plato 123). Socrates then goes to discuss the three parts to the soul, “A man reasons, we may call the rational principle of the soul, the other… may be termed the irrational or appetitive” and then there is the spirit (Plato 130). Kant proposes that justice “says that only good people should be happy, and happy in proportion to their goodness” (Gustafson 67). Plato and Socrates saw justice as giving what is owed, while Kant saw justice as being happy in proportion to their virtue. Yet each strived for justice and look to eliminate the injustices in the world. These themes and ideas were not just something that once occurred and then no one thought of again. These themes still play a role in everyday life, some more predominate then others but apparent just the same. In the film Crimes and Misdemeanors the view is introduced to a group of people with all different struggles. As the movie progresses the characters dive deeper into their hardships, and some may never be able to get out of them. This film deals with many of the ideas that Plato speaks about. The theme of justice is one that is featured as the most important in the film. Secondary to

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