Helping friends and harming enemies a study in Sophocles and Greek ethics by Ruby Blondell

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge [England], New York .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Sophocles -- Ethics,
  • Didactic drama, Greece -- History and criticism,
  • Mythology, Greek, in literature,
  • Ethics, Ancient, in literature,
  • Ethics, Ancient

Edition Notes

Book details

StatementMary Whitlock Blundell.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPA4417 .B54 1989
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 298 p. ;
Number of Pages298
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2039474M
ISBN 100521351162
LC Control Number88015971

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This book is the first detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle--the traditional Greek popular moral code of "helping friends and harming enemies."Cited by: Sophocles has traditionally been considered the least philosophical of the three great Greek tragedians, but Professor Whitlock Blundell offers an important new examination of the ethical content of the plays by focusing primarily on the traditional Greek popular moral code of 'helping friends and harming enemies'.Cited by: This book is the first detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle--the traditional Greek popular moral code of "helping friends and harming enemies.".

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Close this message to. Helping friends and harming enemies: the case of Gorgias a6–b5. Sophocles has traditionally been considered the least philosophical of the three great Greek tragedians, but Professor Whitlock Blundell offers an important new examination of the ethical content of the plays by focusing primarily on the traditional Greek popular moral code of 'helping friends and harming enemies'.

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Socrates first convinces Polemarchus to change his definition of justice from benefiting friends (apparent friends) and harming enemies (apparent enemies) to benefiting good people (true friends) and harming bad people (true enemies); for the mark of a true friend is goodness, the mark of a true enemy is badness, apparent friends are not always true friends, and apparent enemies are not always.

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[ ] [T]he maxim “Help your friends, harm your enemies” stares out at us from the pages of the poets. It is to be found in Archilochus, in Solon, in. "Friends and Enemies" is based on a combination of research and Brown's own experiences as a business person and diplomat in China, where he lived for seven years.

It has also benefited from the input of analysts of the Party from the UK and US, and from. The first two chapters give an account of the antique Greek principle of conduct summed up in the injunction Help friends and harm enemies. Now this principle was not only rejected by Socrates, it was demolished by Plato in the Republic, in the early arguments widi Cephalus, Glaucon, and Adeimantus.

At the end of his discussion with Polemarchus, Socrates makes a point of claiming that Simonides (or Bias or Pittacus, two of the reputed seven wise men of Greece) ought not be understood as claiming that justice is helping friends and harming enemies.

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Summary: This book is a detailed study of five plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle of 'helping friends and harming enemies'. Greek scholars and students of Greek drama and Greek thought will welcome this book and is accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike.

No knowledge of Greek is required. Start studying JUSTICE - Republic Book Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. *Justice is HELPING one's friend and HARMING one's enemies.

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Polemarchus agrees and then argues that justice may be defined as giving everyone what is "appropriate" to him and that it would be unjust to return a sword to a friend who is in a crazed condition.

Then Polemarchus argues that it is appropriate to do good for one's friends and to do harm to one's enemies, and thus is justice attained. Analysis: “Enemies” & “Friends” In these two brief stories, the pressures of war distort social codes, causing two men on the same side to act violently toward one another for no real reason.

O’Brien explains that this behavior results from the immaturity of Jensen and Strunk, and of the immaturity of grunts in general. Buy By Mary Whitlock Blundell Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics (New Ed) New Ed by Mary Whitlock Blundell (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.4/5(1). In response to Socrates, who asks how can a just man best help friends and harm enemies, he answers that, in his opinion, “it is in making war and being an ally in battle” (Plato 8).

This justification supports the just man’s intentions in attacking enemies and assisting friends in battle, which promotes reliance among friends and knowing clearly who his friends and enemies are. Judgment in determining friends and enemies is too fallible.

We may end up harming the good or helping the bad. Our friends aren't always going to be great people and our enemies aren't always going to be terrible people. Also, there is an incoherence in harming people through justice. HELPING FRIENDS AND HARMING ENEMIES (e- a) After Cephalus leaves, the discussion becomes more serious and more complex.

Polemarchus carries on his father's argument. But unlike his father he is not concerned with the role of justice in religious matters. Instead, Polemarchus relies on authorities other than the gods or the laws. (P/B) HELPING FRIENDS AND HARMING ENEMIES.

This book is a detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle. Sophocles has traditionally been.

Friends, Enemies book. Read 10 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Tory and her friends Pippa, Ella and Christy have been friends for /5. Socrates: I believe that Periander or Perdiccas or Xerxes or Ismenias the Theban, or some other rich and mighty man, who had a great opinion of his own power, was the first to say that justice is 'doing good to your friends and harm to your enemies.' Polemarchus: Most true, he said.

Then Polemarchus says that Justice is helping friends and harming enemies. According to this statement, Socrates says that stealing would be just as long as it is helping friends and harming friends.

You should check out some good guides. "Help your friends, harm your enemies." I have heard this was a motto of Roman life and foreign policy. It is the definition of justice that begins the discussion in Plato's Republic.I believe that the inscription on Cato's tomb was something like, "No man did more to help his friends or harm his enemies.".

As it is never the function of heat to cool things, so we must recognize that it is never the function of a just man to harm someone. Thus it cannot possibly be the proper function of a just man to harm his enemies. So Simonides could never have said that it is just to help your friends and harm your enemies, could he.

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"Of Wealth, Justice, Moderation, and Their Opposites" Summary: Book I. Though the dialogue is retold by the narrator, Socrates, one day after it has occurred, the actual events unfold in house of Cephalus at the Piraeus on the festival day of the goddess Bendis (Artemis).

Once Polemarchus and several other men catch up to Socrates and Glaucon after the celebratory procession, Polemarchus. They are best friends when it's time to help each other with misbehaving attitude. JUST WATCH AND LAUGH.

This compilation is made for SIBLINGS. COMMENTARY, BOOK ONE OF THE REPUBLIC. "Justice is to help your friends and hurt your enemies."-Socrates uses the proposition that "it is just to harm the unjust and to benefit the just" to lead Polemarchos to accept a modified definition, "It is just to do well to the friend if he is good, and to injure the enemy if he is bad.".

Ethics Study Guide: Socrates in Republic I Your trick is to take hold of the argument at the point where you can do it the most harm." The first book of Plato’s Republic is often treated as a stand-alone What is Socrates’ objection to Polemarchus’ definition of justice as benefiting good friends and harming bad enemies.

( e So many youths use social media today, that it grows every day in terms of how friends and enemies are perceived, and with bullying by that means coming into the fore as well, it makes sense to.

According to Socrates, the definition of justice which suggests owing friends help, and enemies harm would inevitably cause harm to those that are good and help the bad.

He challenges the claim, and points out that a just man can not harm anyone (Plato, Grube, and Reeve pg. 10). To love our enemies does not mean that we suddenly become their friends.

If it is our enemies we are to love, they must remain enemies. Unless you have enemies, you cannot love them. And if you have no enemies, I wonder if you have any friends.

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Socrates’ response: our judgment concerning friends and enemies is fallible, this credo will lead us to harm the good and help the bad.

Our friends are not necessarily the most virtuous, our enemies not the scum of society. There is incoherence with harming ppl through justice.You have been my help; don't leave me, don't abandon me, O God, my savior.

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