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1. 2451 Natural Law and Plato.

This paper will explore the area of natural law in the context of a discussion of Plato, and specifically, from his seminal work known as the Republic. As well this paper analyses and presents the dominant strain of law in the modern context. This paper also focuses on the theory of 'rules' and 'legal positivism'. 11 pgs. 20 f/c. 3b.
  • Pages: 11
  • Bibliography: 3 source(s) listed
  • Filename: 2451 Natural Law Plato.doc
  • Price: US$98.45

2. 1536 The State and the Individual: A discussion of Plato's Theory of Justice.

This paper will attempt to critically examine Plato's theory of justice, with a particular emphasis upon how it figures in Plato's construction of his ideal society in the Republic. It will be argued that, while Plato does acknowledge the importance of "commonsense" views of justice as revolving about the acts of crime and punishment, in general his theory of justice represents a radical departure from what the average Canadian, or indeed Athenian, citizen would conceive of as being "justice". Plato, it will be argued, depicts justice not merely as an ideal abstraction, nor as a list of restricted actions imposed upon human freedom. Instead, his discussion of justice represents an attempt to reform - through the rhetorical means of a dialogue - contemporary theories of justice from an "act-centred" approach to an "agent-centred" one. This attempt, which has sometimes been read as Plato's aversion to the brutal realities of justice in favour of refined abstraction, may be seen to mark a fundamental shift in Athenian political philosophy from the collective to the individual. 5.5 pgs. 11 f/c. 3b.
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  • Filename: 1536 Plato's Justice.doc
  • Price: US$49.22

3. 1903 Plato's Philosopher Kings and Political Rulership.

This paper is concerned with rights of rulership in Plato's Republic, and especially with the philosopher-kings and their ability to know the Good. My claim is that some philosophers do indeed have a knowledge of the Good, albeit a limited one, but further that the right to rulership was also dependent on other factors. The Good is clearly an abstraction, and though it cannot be realized in its entirety because it transcends knowledge, the process itself can still be fruitful. 5 pgs. 17 f/c. 1b.
  • Pages: 5
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  • Filename: 1903 Plato's Philosopher Kings.doc
  • Price: US$44.75

4. 1968 Book I. Plato's Republic.

For Plato, justice [dike], is a concept which is never adequately defined without first establishing what both a just soul [psyche] is, and what a just state [callipolis] is. These two spheres of justice, as opposed to an actual definition of justice, emerge toward the end of Book II., and constitute that central theme of the following eight books. By contrast, Book I concerns several definitions of justice, and in turn, the eristic method of Socrates questioning these definitions. This paper will examine the Socratic method in light of the proposed definitions of justice. In particular, careful attention will be paid to both Thrasymachus' argument, and in turn, Socrates argument(s) against Thrasymachus. Examined, will be the significance of Thrasymachus' refusal to continue in the discussion of Book I., and how this refusal has implications on the idea that there is "no resolution" to the problem of justice. 5 pgs. 5 f/c. 2b.
  • Pages: 5
  • Bibliography: 2 source(s) listed
  • Filename: 1968 Book I Republic.doc
  • Price: US$44.75

5. 2068 Political Theory: An Examination Of The Discussion Of Education And Socialization That Occurs In Plato's Republic And How Such Issues Are Related To The Task Of Constructing His Ideal Polis.

6 pgs. 15 f/c. 1b.
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  • Filename: 2068 Plato's Republic Examination.doc
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6. 3698 Plato's "Social Contract": The Decision of Socrates.

In the dialogue Crito, Plato represents a debate between Socrates and his friend Crito on the subject of whether or not Socrates should flee Athens and the unjust death sentence imposed upon him by the Athenian state. Socrates answer is of interest both philosophically and politically as it theorizes the existence of a form of "social contract" between the individual and the society of which he/she is a part that overrides any private or personal conception of justice. From a personal perspective, while Socrates has persuaded me of the validity of his argument, I do not believe it would find wide acceptance in contemporary society. This paper will argue that the key issue here is the conflict between public and private justice. In a society with a strong civic culture, the former would dominate, while in a fragmented society the latter form of justice would prevail. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.
  • Pages: 8
  • Bibliography: 1 source(s) listed
  • Filename: 3698 Plato Social Contract.doc
  • Price: US$71.60

7. 3708 The Resemblance Between Justice in the Individual and Justice in the City in Plato's "Republic".

It is clear that for Plato the parallel between the individual and the city was much more than a simple question of resemblance or a useful illustration or metaphor for his text. Rather, as this paper will argue, making the association between the two allowed him to not only justify the rule of his ideal city by philosopher kings, but also to illustrate the social and political power dynamics of his ideal city. 9 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
  • Pages: 9
  • Bibliography: 4 source(s) listed
  • Filename: 3708 Justice Individual City.doc
  • Price: US$80.55

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