210 Unravelling Thrasymachus' Arguments in"The Republic"1 P. P. NICHOLSON I here has been much discussion recently of the encounter between Thrasymachus and Socrates in Book I of Plato's Republic. I am not here concerned with whether Thrasymachus' arguments and Socrates' replies are valid, interesting and important though that problem is, but with the fundamental problem of deciding what exactly Thrasymachus is saying about To 8(Xcx.LOV, justice. Clearly, this is a necessary preliminary to the raising of any other question about Thrasymachus' arguments. Such an investigation may also contribute to our understanding of The Republic as a whole: given the structure of the dialogue, to know what Plato dissents from can provide valuable clues to what he assents to. In brief, my aim is to support Professor Kerferd's interpretation that Thrasymachus' doctrine is that "justice is the advantage of another".2 2 Kerferd's view has not been generally accepted. I shall argue that the standard view found in most commentaries, that Thrasymachus thinks "justice is the advantage of the ruler(s)", is open to major objections, and that Kerferd's interpretation is to be preferred be- cause it avoids these objections. I shall argue further that some of the implications of Kerferd's
Phronesis – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1974
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.
Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.
It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera