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BOOK IX: THE MISERABLE TYRANT
This book at last resolves the problems of justice raised by Thrasymachus at the close of Book I: Is justice more desirable than injustice in terms of happiness and profit?
In the last book Socrates launched his demonstration of the degeneration of society from aristocracy to tyranny. Here he shows the dismal depths the soul can reach. He compares such despair and personal enslavement with the delights of the philosophical life.
Book IX, then, completes the discussion on justice. In it Socrates explores three main topics: 1. the tyrannical man; 2. justice is happiness; and 3. justice is profitable.