by no means concede to Thrasymachus, that justice is the
advantage of the superior. But that we will reserve for another
occasion.1 A far weightier matter
seems to me Thrasymachus's present statement, his assertion that the life of
the unjust man is better than that of the just. Which now do you choose,
Glaucon?” said I, “and which seems to you to be the
truer statement?” “That the life of the just man is more
profitable, I say,” he replied.
1εἰσαῦθις lays the matter on the table. Cf. 430 C. The
suggestiveness of Thrasymachus' defintion is exhausted, and Socrates
turns to the larger question and main theme of the
Republic raised by the contention that the unjust life is
happier and more profitable than the just.
Plato. Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vols. 5 & 6 translated by Paul Shorey. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1969.
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