Thrasymachus argues that “justice is, the same in all cities, the advantage of the established government, and [that] correct reasoning will conclude that the just is the same everywhere, the advantage of the stronger.” (The Republic, 339a) Why does Plato disagree with Thrasymachus? In what terms does he later explain his own view of the nature of justice in The Republic?
Essay format. A clear introductory paragraph stating the issue or question to be addressed, and the
key elements of the discussion in your paper, and conclusions reached. The essay must explain the
philosopher’s position(s) and main arguments, employing quotations where appropriate, and should
include a critical analysis of the philosopher’s ideas. For example: Are there any problems of logic or
coherence? Do the ideas make sense? Are there different possible interpretations of what the
philosopher has written? Are there any issues related to the feasibility of the ideas? A brief concluding
paragraph summarizing your interpretation, principal arguments, and conclusions.
(5) What makes a good political theory essay? A clearly stated thesis. A good grasp of the theory/ideas
under consideration. Appropriate use of quotations, illustrations, and arguments. Quotations should be
integrated into sentences so that the whole sentence reads grammatically. A thoughtful analysis of the
theory/ideas. The essay should be well-structured with a smooth transition between points/paragraphs,
and it should be well-written (properly structured sentences, with appropriate terminology, grammar
(6) Endnotes or Footnotes. Footnotes/endnotes are needed for all quotations and for ideas that are
borrowed or paraphrased from texts. The first footnote/endnote citation of a text must include the full
name of the author, complete title of the work, place and date of publication, and the page number
quoted or referred to. Succeeding citations to the same text should be rendered in short form.
(8) Page numbering. The pages of the essay should be consecutively numbered.
(9) Italicize or underline the titles of books or pamphlets. The titles of articles or chapters should not be
italicized, but enclosed by quotation marks.