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Lecture 5

PHI 1101 Lecture 5: Unit Two-Republic, Bk. 1-Cephalus's Definition


Department
Philosophy
Course Code
PHI 1101
Professor
Laura Byrne
Lecture
5

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Cephalus’s Definition of
Justice
Rep. Bk. I, 327a-332c (Cephalus
and Polemarchus)

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Cephalus’s Definition
Socrates and the others go to Polemarchuss house –
there they find Cephalus, Polemarchuss father (a
wealthy, elderly business man), other well connected
youth, and Thrasymachus (an avowed Sophist).
Cephalus: the tradition, the gods, and values set down
by Hesiod and Homer that are now being questioned;
old values
Thrasymachus: challenge of the Sophists
Glaucon, Adeimantus, and the others: the noble youth
who will decide the fate of the culture

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Questions
Who will win the allegiance of the noble
youth? Who should?
Who will influence the noble youth? Who
should?
Who will direct the culture? Who should?
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