Plato The Republic

Plato The Republic, Translated Introduction By D P Lee, Penguin Books 1968

Dimensions 7.15" x 4.5" inches / Weight 230 grams / All measures are approximate / Very used vintage book, not new, as is.


Plato, finally disillusioned by contemporary politics after the execution of Socrates, showed in his writings the enormous influence of that great philosopher. The Republic, his treatise on an ideal state, was first of its kind in European thought. For Plato, political science was the science of the soul, and included moral science. The Republic's emphasis on the right education for rulers, the prevalence of justice, and harmony between all classes of society, is as strong as its condemnation of democracy, which Plato considered encouraged bad leadership.

The Republic Πολιτεία is a Socratic dialogue, authored by Plato around 375 BC, concerning justice (δικαιοσύνη), the order and character of the just city-state, and the just man. It is Plato's best-known work, and has proven to be one of the world's most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically. In the dialogue, Socrates talks with various Athenians and foreigners about the meaning of justice and whether the just man is happier than the unjust man. They consider the natures of existing regimes and then propose a series of different, hypothetical cities in comparison, culminating in Kallipolis (Καλλίπολις), a utopian city-state ruled by a philosopher king. They also discuss the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the role of the philosopher and of poetry in society. The dialogue's setting seems to be during the Peloponnesian War.


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