The Republic  -     By: Plato
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The Republic

By: Plato
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Written in the form of a dialogue in which Socrates questions his students and fellow citizens, The Republic concerns itself chiefly with the questions,"What is justice?," as well as Plato's theory of ideas and his conception of the philosopher's role in society. To explore the latter, he invents the allegory of the cave to illustrate his notion that ordinary men are like prisoners in a cave, observing only the shadows of things, while philosophers are those who venture outside the cave and see things as they really are, and whose task it is to return to the cave and tell the truth about what they have seen. This dynamic metaphor expresses at once the eternal conflict between the world of the senses ( the cave) and the world of iIdeas (the world outside the cave), and the philosopher's role as mediator between the two.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Dover Publications
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0486411214
ISBN-13: 9780486411217
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Famous philosophical treatise of the 4th century BC concerns itself chiefly with the idea of justice, as well as such Platonic theories as that of ideas, the criticism of poetry, and the philosopher's role. Source of the famous cave myth and prototype for other imaginary commonwealths, including those of Cicero, St. Augustine, and More. Benjamin Jowett translation.

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Plato ranks among the most familiar ancient philosophers, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle. In addition to writing philosophical dialogues — used to teach logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion, and mathematics as well as philosophy — he founded Athens' Academy, the Western world's first institution of higher learning.

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