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Ring of Gyges


The Ring of Gyges is mentioned in Plato's Republic as a device to convey the belief that justice is a social construction of necessity. In Plato's example, a shepherd named Gyges discovers a cave that has been revealed by a recent earthquake. Upon exploring the cave he finds a tomb and on the dead man's finger a ring which Gyges takes. He discovers that the ring makes the wearer invisible when adjusted, and armed with this knowledge he secures an audience with the king but once inside the palace seduces the queen, murders the king, and takes his place.

The implication is that a person would cease to be moral if they no longer had to fear the consequences of their actions and the only truly virtuous man would be one who refused to use the ring in the first place.

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I feel like theres a part minissg from it though.In the allegory,it starts off with the prisoners in the cave who have only ever seen the shadows and heard the echoes. Then one is released and goes out into the real world and then wants to come back for the others;and this parts very well analyzed.But after that it continues? with how if you control the education then theyll grow up and control the politics making for a completely different society,which is what i was hoping to hear about.

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