The Republic

The Republic

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Throughout the history of Western Civilization many powerful works, penned by some of the greatest minds in philosophy, have influenced the development and evolution of political theory, but none has had the profound impact of Plato's Republic. Written by one of the founding fathers of Western philosophy, the Republic, like most of Plato's dialogues, sets the stage for debates that have occupied the minds of thoughtful persons for more than two millennia.

Why does government exist? What is its nature and purpose? Who should govern, and how is this decision to be made? Why should we obey the law? Answers to these and other questions are developed by Plato amid the give and take of a dialogue between his protagonist, Socrates, and a circle of concerned intellectuals. Metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical considerations combine to create an ideal state next to which all existing regimes can be compared.
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1986.
ISBN: 9780879753450
0879753455
Branch Call Number: 321.07 Pla
Characteristics: 397 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jowett, Benjamin 1817-1893.

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eighthafpierce
Aug 14, 2017

Plato and Socrates have been captured in debating about humankind and how we should live. This book if nothing else should stir questions in ones mind. The thoughts and teachings are only as good as you apply it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 25, 2016

The Republic is a series of debates that were recorded by Plato. Those debates are debates that include Socrates and Plato debating about Utopia (the perfect city), Socrates and a group of people discussing what is true justice, beauty, knowledge... It might not be a story or an adventure, but the knowledge and wisdom that this book holds is fantastic, it is a keystone and a treasure that has kept us moving forward and making us think in a different way. Reading the debates and discussions that two of the wisest had is something that doesn't happen often.
- @L of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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rswcove
Aug 01, 2015

Read Marcus Aurelius.
Read Epictetus.
Read Epicurus.
Read Seneca.
If you absolutely must, then fine read Aristotle.
Don't bother with Plato.
better to drink Hemlock than read the intellectually dishonest trite sophistry.

Multcolib_Research May 23, 2013

"The 20th century philosopher A.N. Whitehead famously said that "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato," and among Plato's works, the Republic stands out as the most all–encompassing: Plato addresses just about every area of philosophy. It's all here: justice, poetry and art, education, religion, the soul, pleasure, desire, love, sex, marriage, death, mathematics, truth, knowledge, appearance vs. reality, political and social systems, and more." Annotation by Professor Paul Hovda. (ca. 380 B.C.)

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_mjw
Jul 09, 2011

This book is a prescription for tyranny.

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