Plato and St. Augustine on Justice

By Matthew Chaump

Similarities on their philosophies

Plato and St. Augustine differ most of the time on their theories on Justice. But they did agree that having an excess amount of something or depriving someone of something is unjust. Plato strikes an analogy of this. He says that a killer is unjust because he deprives a person of something that is rightly theirs, in this case, its their life.

Main Differences

Plato has a more orthodox view of Justice. He believes that justice is in this world and is able to be obtained. On the other hand, St. Augustine believes that justice is not on earth as a result because we denied Christ and His teaching while he was present in the flesh. He says that justice is able to be obtained but we need to pray to God for inspiration on how we can become just.
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