Thrasymachus's Views Of Justice

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In Plato’s Republic Thrasymachus is arguing with Socrates about “what is justice?” Thrasymachus argues that might makes right. He believes that justice is made only by those in power, to serve those in power. The morality of the “lesser” people is a reflection of what the powerful people have set as the laws to follow. In that sense, might makes right. The people with the most power set the rules, and the citizens follow them, making it right. He also believes that the God’s do not care about humans because they do not enforce justices. Socrates does not follow the “might makes right” belief. Socrates argues that there are times that the people in charge make rules that do not benefit them. Then Thrasymachus says a “true ruler” would not…show more content…
They are set so that the citizens follow the rules and, in a sense, serve those in power. Therefore, might makes right. This system should ultimately benefit those in power. That was the way things were ran in Greece at the time. He defines justice as the citizens obeying the law. There have been times in the past, here in the United States, where those in power (the might) has made rules that were not beneficial for them. One instance would be prohibition in the 1920’s to early 1930’s. When the government made it illegal to make, buy, or sell alcohol. The government thought this would eliminate the crimes and immorality associated with the people drinking alcohol. As a result from the prohibition, only about fifty percent of the consumption of alcohol was cut. Ultimately prohibition in the United States led to more crime. There was more crime being committed because of the illegal distilling, selling, and transporting of alcohol. Prohibition led to organized crime in the United States, and marks the beginning of mafias. The mafias were powerhouses for organized crime. In this case the laws made by those in power to try and eliminate the consumption of alcohol by its citizens resulted in bigger problems, which did not benefit the ones in power. Therefore might makes right is not always in the interest of those in power. Thrasymachus also said the lower citizens only obeyed the laws because they…show more content…
Their ideas of what is fair and what is just seem to be two opposite views. Thrasymachus’ view makes sense here in civilization, and might makes right temporarily here in civilization. Where those in power can stay in power by setting laws. Socrates seems to be talking more about morality. Anyone with power can make what is right, but it does not mean it is necessarily make it morally right. Socrates means, when people in power abuse their power, by unjustly making rules to oppress those beneath them, they are being unjust to their soul. Any power can be misused, and it can lead to some morally wrong
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