Plato’s Agument on the Ring of Gyges

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Essay #: 063596
Total text length is 9,038 characters (approximately 6.2 pages).

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The beginning:
Why Plato is compelling when he argues that one should dispose of a ring that might give a party immense power to do whatever he or she wishes?
In the following paper, we shall look at the case of the ring of
Gyges
; for our purposes, we shall imagine that it has been stumbled across whilst we opened a bag of cereal. In Plato’s view, any person encountering such a magical item should immediately dispose of it where no one can ever find it; the power it wields, suffice it to say, is immense and dangerous. The ensuing few pages will argue that Plato is correct to argue that disposing of the ring is the only proper thing to do; to do otherwise is to destroy the trust and associational bonds that make a community possible in the first place....
The end:
.....man beings and leave them with a sense that there is much that is laudable about pursuing evil courses of action that result in pain or damage to society. While something like the ring confers immense power and gives a person the ability to act like a god, it also hurts the party in the end because the ring destroys the trust and solidarity which lies at the heart of any synergistic community. A smart thing to do, when one stumbles across the aforementioned ring, is to grasp it firmly, walk to some wooded area, and bury it in a place where no one would ever think to look; the consequences of not doing so are too grim to contemplate.
Works Cited
Plato. Plato’s Republic. Trans. G.M.A
Grube
. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company, 1974.