Plato's Republic has shaped western thought for centuries. First written 2,400 years ago, this dialogue between Socrates and his interlocutors is an exhortation to philosophy and invites reader to reflect on the choices that need to be made in pursuit of the best available life. This edition also provides readers with a chronology, further reading, outline of the work's main arguments, and introduction. Translation by Christopher Rowe. 436 pages, softcover.
An authoritative new translation of Plato's foundational work of Western philosophy
The Republic is Plato's masterwork. It was written 2,400 years ago and remains one of the most widely read books in the world, famous for both the richness of its ideas and the virtuosity of its writing. Presented as a dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and various interlocutors, it is an exhortation to study philosophy, inviting its readers to reflect on the choices we must make if we are to live the best life available to us. This complex, dynamic work creates a picture of an ideal society governed not money, power, or fame, but by philosophy, wisdom, and justice.
Plato (c. 427347 BC) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.
Christopher Rowe is a professor of Greek at Durham University, England.
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