The challenge to Socrates is taken up with great reluctance, but he warms up to it as he gets deeper into his defense of justice. By the end of book IV, there is a feeling that Socrates has not really done enough to defend his point of view. In book I, Socrates responds by advancing three arguments in response to Thrasymachus’ claim. He starts by making Thrasymachus admit that his view rests on first accepting injustice to be a virtue.
Accordingly Thrasymachus is advocating for the view that whoever amasses more money and power is the most virtuous. Socrates argues in a very round about way trying to convince that injustice can never be a virtue. This he claims is because it is an assertion that cannot be made with the aid of wisdom and since wisdom is a virtue, then the whole argument must be wrong.
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His explanations certainly take very long to conclude but by the end of book IV, he has gone some short way towards making a reasonable defense against the assertion. In the end, Socrates only partially succeeds to defend against the assertion that justice is only what the rulers wish it to be.
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