At the start of our ‘Power & Society’ class, we have spent a considerable amount of time examining Plato’s Republic – a monument of Greek philosophy and world literature. In this extensive dialogue, Plato (through the voice of his teacher Socrates) addresses the topic of Justice. So, what IS justice, in Plato’s vision? The answer is multifaceted and complicated, a fact that highlights that justice itself is also varied and complex. To explore the theme of justice in the Republic, I would like you to do two things (in two separate paragraphs). First, I’d like you to select a single passage from the Republic that you find to be interesting, provocative, or somehow problematic as it relates to the topic of justice. Then, you should analyze the passage itself and try to place it within its historical context. How does this statement fit within Plato’s broader discussion of justice and power, and how does it fit within the political and intellectual climate of ancient Athens? Secondly, what do you think about the viewpoint at hand, and why? To answer this question, you might consider Plato’s reasoning, and then provide a modern-day example as a test-case. What does your example show us about justice (or lack thereof) in the face of social controversy, and how does it illustrate your own view of justice? What might Plato have to say about your example?