Classic Texts in Poli Sci Lecture
Four: Building the City in Speech
• Glaucon and Adamantis are both Plato’s brothers. They are both brought
into the conversation to answer the question – is injustice in human
nature? Adamantis is more concerned with the health of society.
• To solve the definition and understanding of justice, they decide to create
a utopia city or a city that would focus on society’s most basic needs.
Building the City
• They decide to focus on the city with basic needs. They say that everyone
specializes in something to contribute to the good of the city (blacksmith,
farmer, shop owner, etc.), but where does justice fit into this? Was the
creation of the city made just to fulfill human economic needs?
• Glaucon says that human beings are not constituted by their physical
needs, and they will want much more than they ha