With reference to Plato's 'The Ring of Gyges', why should we not simply live selfish unjust lives?

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With reference to Plato's 'The Ring of Gyges', why should we not simply live selfish, unjust lives - looking after only ourselves and taking what we want? Can the only reason be that the human race could not survive? And if that is the only reason, isn't that just as selfish?

Instructions: Your posts in the discussion area should exhibit careful thought and logical reasoning and provide evidence for your position. Each post should be at least one well-developed paragraph (Minimum 250 words - you may write more if you wish, but not more than two or three paragraphs). Use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar - you lose points for mistakes here.

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Answer outline to living just lives


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Why we should not live unjust lives
In the Ring of Gyges Plato presents a challenge by Glaucon against Socrates whom he wants to
defend that just life is preferred over an unjust life. With the ring of Gyges that Glaucon proposes
both the just and the unjust have the power of invisibility which gives the...

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