In this paper I will convey to the reader what Socrates means by his definition of justice when he says, "Minding one's own business . In Plato's Republic, Socrates was asked by his friend Glaucon what were his ideas of a perfect and just city and how it could be attained. Throughout the text, Socrates and his companions had been getting close to what "justice really was and in essence had been going through a process of elimination of what "justice wasn't. Socrates then gave his definition of justice by simply saying one should mind their own business (433b). So explaining this definition of "justice will hopefully find meaning of this statement at the individual citizen's level as well as the entire community's or polis's level. These two levels of justice go hand in hand with one another and are aimed at creating the perfect living environment, individually as well as collectively.
Now coming from an individual basis, the idea of justice in that "minding one's business is the foundation and basis of what the city is and can be. Without these beliefs in the individual, there can be no fluidity in the community. Soc