Ancient Greece

What's Our True Definition of Justice?

News: The Curiosity Podcast is here! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and RSS.

The term justice gets thrown around quite a bit, but do we really know what it means—rather, does everyone have the same definition of justice? There's economic justice, criminal justice, justice when you get an unfair grade on your term paper, etc. But how are we determining this justice? The ancient Greeks defined justice as harmony, where everyone fulfills their roles so that society runs smoothly. Hear some theories in the following video, then scroll down for Plato's exploration of justice and an example of the "moral dilemma."

Advertisement

Love getting smarter? Sign up to our newsletter and get our best content in your inbox!

What Is Justice, Anyway?

Is justice about equality? Fairness? Getting what we deserve? Or getting what we need?

Plato's Republic Book 1 Part 1: Justice

Thrasymachus says justice serves the interest of the stronger. Do you agree?

Advertisement