Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Point One for Socrates

I believe that Socrates is more convincing in this argument concerning justice, and my evidence comes from page 17 of Book one in The Republic. Socrates catches Thrasymachus in an inconsistency stating, "For I must remark, Thrasymachus, if you recall what was previously said, that although you began defining the true physician in an exact sense, you did not observe a like exactness when speaking of the shepherd; you thought that the shepherd as a shepherd tends the sheep not with a view to their own good, but like a mere diner or banqueter with a view to the pleasures of the table; or, again, as a traderfor sale in the market, and not as a shepherd." Socrates uses Aristotle's Logos to provide a cool answer that challenges Thrasymachus' logic in the heated debate. It seems that the louder and more boorish Thrasymachus gets, the more little slip ups he produces in a mix of seemingly valid arguments. By challenging the validity of the argument with the use of metaphors, Socrates creates a picture of what is true, thus more convincing.


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