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Single Idea 8

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 4. Value of Authority]

Full Idea

Thrasymachus: right is the interest of the established government.

Gist of Idea

Is right just the interests of the powerful?


Plato (The Republic [c.374 BCE], 339a)

Book Reference

Plato: 'Republic', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 1993], p.19

A Reaction

To believe this you would have to believe the powerful control not what is judged to be right, but also the ordinary language which expresses such judgements. Marxism explains that.