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By Tom Butler-Bowdon

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Tom Butler-Bowdon is a professional at the "literature of possibility," protecting psychology, philosophy, self-help, spirituality, and prosperity. His first publication, 50 Self-Help Classics, received the Benjamin Franklin Award and was once a Foreword journal e-book of the 12 months. A graduate of the London university of Economics and the collage of Sydney, Tom lives in Oxford, uk, and Australia. stopover at: butler-bowdon.com.

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This . is the opinion now known by the name of "legal positivism," but in its origin it is not academic; it is the opinion on which all political societies tend to act. If the just is identical with the HISTORY OF POLITICAL PH ILOSOPHY legal, the source of justice is the will of the legislator. The legislator i n each city i s the regime-the man or body o f men that rules the city: the tyrant, the common people, the men of excellence, and so on. According to Thrasymachos, each regime lays down the laws with a view to its own preservation and well-being, in a word, to its own advantage and to nothing els� From this it follows that obedience to the laws or justice is not necessarily advantageous to the ruled and may even be bad for them.

In referring to the soldiers' deaths because he regards their dedication to Athens as having tran- scended·' mere: calCulation or selfishness. Similarly, when he implicitly claims that Athens itself is so beautiful or noble as to inspire erotic love, he does so not merely on the grounds of its power but also because of what he sees as its superiority, even in foreign relations, to selfish calcula­ tion. This does not mean that he believes Athenian policy is guided by considerations of justice; to repeat, he boasts that Athens has everywhere established everlasting memorials of evils as well as goods.

For the Athenians', he says boldly, are so envious that they would r�ject what is manifestly the best advice for the city if they suspected a speaker of giving this good advice for the sake of gain. A speaker, therefore, who wants to lead the city for its good must first overcome its suspicions of him, and this task is appar­ ently impossible by straightforward means alone. For Diodotus con­ cludes that even a speaker who wants to say what is better must lie to the multitude in order to be trusted, and that it is impossible to benefit the city-and the city alone-without deceiving it (III 42 -43).

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