Compare And Contrast Burke And Socrates

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Socrates and Burke both believe in the structure of the system and they both recognize that it is possible for the system to have flaws, but if you do not remain within the confines of the system then you delegitimize the system. While Socrates values education and a well-informed public, Burke values a society that has been taught to conform. This leads to their different perceptions of justice. In the case of Omelas, Socrates would believe that the laws are being followed, but it may be for an unjust reason, and Burke would think that the system was designed to be this way for a reason, and that the reasoning needs to be respected. In Plato’s Apology, Socrates conceives of justice as a process. It requires critical thought, listening, reflection,…show more content…
He believes that better education, specifically through expert opinion, is necessary to improve the system and to allow it to actually work by each citizen making an informed decision. In the case of Omelas, the people are not well educated in the reasoning behind the decision to lock up the child in the cellar. “They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas. Some of them have come to see it, others are content merely to know it is there. They all know that it has to be there. Some of them understand why, and some do not…” (Le Guin, 3). Socrates thinks “…You must either persuade your country or do whatever it orders…” (Plato, 91). In the context of Omelas, Socrates would argue that the laws of the city are flawed. They are flawed in the eyes of Socrates because they are not based in reason, fairness, and there was not, or at least there is not currently, any critical thought that went into their creation. This does not mean that they are to ignored. They require improvements through the system. Socrates wants people to think that their “…country is something far more precious, more venerable, more sacred, and held in greater

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