Thursday, July 13, 2006

Burke applied to Book I

Agent: Socrates
Scene: conversation among gentlemen regarding justice; Cephalus’ house
Purpose: determine whether justice represents virtue or evil
Act: presenting questions towards Thrasymachus’ point of view of justice
Agency: civilized, clever rhetoric

This discussion mainly involved Socrates and Thrasymachus. They were basically arguing their beliefs on justice, whether it was righteous or not. Socrates’ method of presenting questions, although in a civilized manner, seemed to irritate Thrasymachus. What inspired Thrasymachus’ initial anger was that Socrates provided only questions, and what he wanted were clear answers. As their conversation progressed to different aspects of how justice should be perceived, Socrates’ clever questions eventually weakened Thrasymachus’ argument. In the end, Thrasymachus seems to lose his fire and began to use words of agreement, whether he meant them or not, towards Socrates’ dispute that justice represented virtue and good. Utopia does not appear to be represented in this situation, since there is much disagreement between the gentlemen. Their morals and outlook of justice were different, and for a utopian environment, they should be in sync.


Blogger Sherry said...

You said there was no utopia becuase you think of it as this great place, that was understanding of it also. I was really unsure as to whether or not it was a utopia.

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