Friday, September 8, 2017

Blog #12: What is Justice

Due Date: Monday, September 11
Minimum Word Count: At least 400
At least 1 quote or reference to Plato's The Republic
At least 1 quote, reference, or link to a modern example of justice or injustice

The first week of class has focused on two main questions:

Why bother being good?
What is Justice?

These questions have sparked a lot of thought, discussion, and debate. Most of all, they've called into question some of the essential questions about what it means to be a part of a culture or civilization.

For your first blog, take time to come to some conclusions for yourself on the issues of goodness and justice. Here are some possible questions to get your started, but you are always more than welcome to come up with a question or questions on your own.

What is justice?

Is justice, as it is currently practiced, just the advantage of the stronger? How do you know?

Why do you think our discussion on the importance of doing good turned into a discussion on the benefits of being bad?

How is the ideal of justice different from how you have experienced justice?

How do children learn about justice, and what does that say about us?

Look at the current events surrounding Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick, Flint, Michigan, Brock Turner, or other situations  and discuss how you see justice or injustice playing into these situations.

Why bother defending justice?

Our questions from class:

  • What is Justice and how did it change from when The Republic was written and now?
  • Can justice co-exist with other qualities in a person?
  • Is justice still justice when the person delivering the ‘justice’ is ‘unjust’?
  • Can justice be unjust?
  • Who does justice better?
  • Does Socrates really know what justice is and is testing those around him, or is he curious?
  • Can justice be bad but still be justice?
  • Why is justice important?
  • Do you need justice to have a peaceful society?
  • Why does socrates build people up?
  • Why do they conclude the opposite when something small in their arguement changes?
  • Why do they contradict themselves and change their view points?
  • Could a just man make another man unjust by using justice?
  • Does the meaning of anything change when you acquire it? And if so should it stay the same?
  • Why did their view points change so often?
  • How did their upbringing play a role in their arguments?
  • Why are they in a random setting when this argument begins?
  • Is justice a reward for being bad?
  • Whats the difference between justice and revenge?
  • Do just people hurt people?
  • Why are a good man and a just man different?
  • Does socrates believe there is a just man?
  • In what ways does socrates munipulate people?
  • Why does every irrelevent detail matter in an argument?
  • What’s the line between a just person and an unjust person?

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