Friday, July 21, 2006

Blog # 3

Applying Burke's "Dramatism" to Book I of "The Republic", we can say that the Act was to distinguish between the just from the unjust of Thrasymachus and Socrates. I think that Burke is more concerned on that idea of justice versus injustice instead of utopia. Socrates and his fellow man spend lengthy amounts of time debating on the true definition of justice and each tries to top one another by a showing of intellect. They compare analogies to make their cases stronger (the sailor and physician, etc) and the likes. Socrates is attempting to discover the meaning of the word itself, whereas Thrasymachus is furiously trying to make his point across. They describe the perfectly just man, and have a continuous debate over such an idea. However, that does not necessarily describe utopia in any sense; the central idea is the debate over justice and injustice.

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