Socrates and Thrasymachus Analytical Essay by baris

Socrates and Thrasymachus
An analysis of the conversation between Socrates and Thrasymachus in Plato's "Republic".
# 64970 | 785 words | 0 sources | 2005 | TR
Published on Apr 19, 2006 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how Socrates and Thrasymachus have a dialogue in "Republic" which progresses from a discussion of the definition of morality, to an understanding of the expertise of ruling and eventually to a debate on the state of human nature. It looks at how the Thrasymachus view of human nature has interesting implications and how although Thrasymachus is thwarted in conversation, Glaucon finds the outcome not entirely conclusive and directs Socrates to proving that morality is a worthwhile pursuit.

From the Paper:

"Throughout "The Republic" there exist different characters that each holds a unique importance towards the development of certain philosophies, in this case, the meaning of "justice". Thrasymachus is such a character, which could be considered a cynic by some; he plays an imperative role in the quest for the meaning of justice in the first book of "The Republic". While Cephalus and his son Polemarchus are unsuccessful in providing Socrates with an adequate definition of justice, Thrasymachus presents himself annoyed with the dialogue between Socrates and Polemarchus, and furthermore demands an answer from Socrates in what he believes that justice is, instead of simply questioning the rhetoric of others. "

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