Plato’s text might look different—we ourselves might come to see it differently—if we were to pay greater attention to the “particulars,” viewing them asThoreau would, with wondering eyes. We could start with what Plato has Adeimantus say in this passage. Socrates challenge may appear to be purely theoretical: define justice and prove that, even under the worst possible circumstances, it is always better to be just. Like many philosophical problems, this may seem hypothetical and abstract, not a problem we really face in the course of our lives. Why would I need reasons for being just even under the worst possible circumstances if, like Cephalus, I am already happy being a good person and doing the right thing?
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