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Justice as Aletheia
Justice as Aletheia

Author(s): Barbara A. Markiewicz
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN
Keywords: Justice; Plato; polis; Aletheia; political community

Summary/Abstract: What is the political meaning of justice combined with aletheia, that is, the truth understood as revealing, disclosing, and unconcealment ? On the basis of an immanent analysis of certain excerpts from Plato’s work we could find the answer. First of all, in Plato the question of justice is not a technical issue, a question of good or bad ruling over the polis, a good or bad law. It concerns matters of much greater significance: existential issues. That is why justice is more important than wealth, both to a man and to a political community. Only through other people, in a political community, is man capable of acquiring an identity, a unity between what he is by nature and what he becomes through education, during the process of adapting to a community to which he belongs. If we succeed in creating such a structure (system) of a political community in which people recognize their proper place and can identify with it, then they will be able to identify with the whole political community. Only a political community thus united can be true, that is, just. Internal unity, which is an expression of justice, is the source of a political community’s power, it is the basis for coexistence and cooperation. When there is no justice, bonds among people die out. Through injustice they become above all incapable of cooperating.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 151-160
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English