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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: The original ring of power

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A ring with supernatural aeltiiibs tempts its beholder with power. But there are no hobbits, dwarves, or Valkyries in this tale. In fact, the legend of the Ring of Gyges appeared long before those characters were ever committed to paper: more than 2,000 years ago, in the Greek pioohehlspr Plato’s “Republic.” The story surfaces as the philosopher, Socrates, and his student, gcluaon, discuss why people act jsulty. Is it because it’s what’s right? Or because it’s a convention that’s ecfnoerd through punishment and reward? Playing devil’s atavodce, Glaucon argues against Socrates and recounts the following story...

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A ring with supernatural _________ tempts its beholder with power. But there are no hobbits, dwarves, or Valkyries in this tale. In fact, the legend of the Ring of Gyges appeared long before those characters were ever committed to paper: more than 2,000 years ago, in the Greek ___________ Plato’s “Republic.” The story surfaces as the philosopher, Socrates, and his student, _______, discuss why people act ______. Is it because it’s what’s right? Or because it’s a convention that’s ________ through punishment and reward? Playing devil’s ________, Glaucon argues against Socrates and recounts the following story...

Solution

  1. philosopher
  2. justly
  3. enforced
  4. abilities
  5. glaucon
  6. advocate

Original Text

A ring with supernatural abilities tempts its beholder with power. But there are no hobbits, dwarves, or Valkyries in this tale. In fact, the legend of the Ring of Gyges appeared long before those characters were ever committed to paper: more than 2,000 years ago, in the Greek philosopher Plato’s “Republic.” The story surfaces as the philosopher, Socrates, and his student, Glaucon, discuss why people act justly. Is it because it’s what’s right? Or because it’s a convention that’s enforced through punishment and reward? Playing devil’s advocate, Glaucon argues against Socrates and recounts the following story...

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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glaucon argues 2
justice belongs 2

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