Ancient Philosophy Today 2 (1):1-23 (2020)

Nicholas Baima
Florida Atlantic University
In Republic 1, Thrasymachus makes the radical claim that being just is ‘high-minded simplicity’ and being unjust is ‘good judgment’. Because injustice involves benefiting oneself, while justice involves benefiting others, the unjust are wise and good and the just are foolish and bad. The “greedy craftsperson” argument attempts to show that the unjust person's desire to outdo or have more than everyone is a symptom of her ignorance. Many commentaries have found the argument problematic and unclear. However, this paper argues that the greedy craftsperson argument defends plausible constraints on the nature of justice and wisdom.
Keywords Plato  Socrates  Thrasymachus  Kant  Justice
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DOI 10.3366/anph.2020.0022
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