The Republic
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The Republic

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Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the role of both women and men as guardians of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by philosopher kings.

Title:The Republic
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0140449140
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:416 pages

    The Republic Reviews

  • Brendan
    Sep 25, 2007

    Let me explain why I'd recommend this book to everyone: Plato is stupid. Seriously.And it's important that you all understand that Western society is based on the fallacy-ridden ramblings of an idiot....

  • Everyman
    May 21, 2008

    All the criticisms of Plato are valid. He raises straw arguments. He manipulates discussions unfairly. He doesn't offer realistic solutions. And so on.But he is still, and for very good reason, the mo...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Sep 24, 2011

    Is the attempt to determine the way of man’s life so small a matter in your eyes—to determine how life may be passed by each one of us to the greatest advantage? (1.344d)I propose therefore that ...

  • Henry Avila
    Jul 07, 2011

    Plato's "The Republic", is a great but flawed masterpiece of western literature, yes it makes sense, mostly, some of it. "I am the wisest man in the world because I know one thing, that I know nothing...

  • William1
    Mar 24, 2011

    Halfway through now and the ability to see the book as a metaphor for civic and personal moral development becomes difficult. The book is only useful if you are tracking the history of ideas, which I ...

  • Emily May
    Mar 08, 2011

    My re-reading of this for my university course has led me to the same conclusions I found when I first read it a couple of years back, except this time I am fortunate enough to have understood it bett...

  • Roy Lotz
    Jun 17, 2013

    I’ve gotten into the habit of dividing up the books I’ve read by whether I read them before or after Plato’s Republic. Before The Republic, reading was a disorganized activity—much the same as...

  • Bettie?
    Jan 27, 2017

    Strange days indeed, when we are sent back to re-visit the very roots of philosophy within the ancient world. Audio book 4:49:25...

  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    Dec 15, 2015

    دوستانِ گرانقدر، با وجودِ شناختی که از «افلاطون» به وسیلۀ مطالعه در تاریخ و رویدادهایِ زمانِ او، بدست می آوری...

  • Tristan
    Apr 09, 2017

    A man, tired from a long day of drudgery at work, walks towards his favourite haunt, an old-fashioned British working class pub in Essex called 'The Griffon'. Drenched from a heavy fall of rain, he en...