Monday, January 16, 2017

Didn't Glaucon Already Say That?

FLG received an email in relation to his previous post, in which FLG wrote:
isn't Social Justice akin to:
I proclaim that justice is nothing else than the interest of the weaker

The crux of the email was that Glaucon pretty much said that in Book II of the Republic:
They say that to do injustice is, by nature, good; to suffer injustice, evil; but that the evil is greater than the good. And so when men have both done and suffered injustice and have had experience of both, not being able to avoid the one and obtain the other, they think that they had better agree among themselves to have neither; hence there arise laws and mutual covenants; and that which is ordained by law is termed by them lawful and just. This they affirm to be the origin and nature of justice; --it is a mean or compromise, between the best of all, which is to do injustice and not be punished, and the worst of all, which is to suffer injustice without the power of retaliation; and justice, being at a middle point between the two, is tolerated not as a good, but as the lesser evil, and honoured by reason of the inability of men to do injustice. For no man who is worthy to be called a man would ever submit to such an agreement if he were able to resist; he would be mad if he did. Such is the received account, Socrates, of the nature and origin of justice. 

FLG's point about today's social justice activists isn't Glaucon's, but he doesn't have time to explain now.

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