Plato’s 'Republic' is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it 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; 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’. Desmond Lee’s translation of 'The Republic' has come to be regarded as a classic in its own right. His introduction discusses contextual themes such as Plato’s disillusionment with Athenian politics and the trial of Socrates. This new edition also features a revised bibliography.
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I remember trying to read this quite a long time ago, but never having been able to finish it. I will say that for the time of writing, this text is most definitely insightful and philosophically ... Read full review
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