The Philosopher King, is he just?Paper Rating: Word Count: 1562 Approx Pages: 6
As we read through the first few chapters of The Republic, Socrates is posed with the question, "What is Justice? ¬Ě In order to answer this in terms to which others can understand they start to delve deeper into the meaning of justice, to better show what justice is for the individual as well as a city there begins a dialogue about what the criteria of a city would have to be in order to be completely just, including it's citizens. Along with several other factors to this scenario would be a ruler for this faux city, he is called the Philosopher King. In this paper I am going to discuss the characteristics of the Philosopher King as well as how this all knowing, all wise person comes to fruition in this theory of a city.
Socrates proposes that the definition of justice is doing in life what you are best suited for. In order for there to be justice in the city there must be justice in each individual (soul). If each person in city does what he/she is best suited for, then this should thereby produce a just city. According to Socrates there are three parts of the soul; rational part, spirited part, and appetitive part. The people best suited to rule the city have the str