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Caught you! Are people only good because they fear punishment and hope for a reward? I teach Glaucon's retelling of the Ring of Gyges from Plato's book The Republic. The story is about a shepherd who gets hold of a magical ring that makes him invisible. What would you do with such power? Glaucon tells the story to refute Socrates's notion that justice is a worthy pursuit in of itself. Would you use it for good or would you use it for ill? I developed a lesson plan to get students thinking about both sides of the argument.
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Teaching Philosophy with Young People - Lesson on the use and misuses of Justice
Essential Question: Am I a good person only when I think others are looking?