Plato's Concept of Justice Essay by Master Researcher

This paper discusses Plato's concept of justice, as it relates to 21st century Toronto.
# 88350 | 1,125 words | 4 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Canadian Studies (General)

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In this article the writer discusses Plato's concept of Justice and notes that it may differ a great deal from what we discuss as justice, in the present. The writer makes references to books 1-4,5, of "The Republic", professor's lectures, and several secondary sources, to explain that what is seen in Toronto with regard to youth violence is exactly what Plato sought to avoid. The writer explains that for Plato, justice was virtue and creative cooperation, as encouraged by the example of leaders. Further, the writer points out that it was a group consciousness and could not thrive where individualism or power relations had become more of interest.

From the Paper:

"Plato's 'The Republic' gives the reader a view of Plato's view of justice that may not be seen by the current reader as Justice, at all. Plato saw Justice as able to correct all that was wrong with Athens' democracy that he saw to be in decline. When reading Plato's remarks, it is interesting that what our time's North American society seems to see as `good' in a democracy - as in a spirit of individualism and a focus on personal rights -- Plato saw as bringing about social decay."

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