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Republic

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ISBN-10: 1593080972

ISBN-13: 9781593080976

Edition: N/A

Authors: Plat�, Elizabeth Watson Scharffenberger, Benjamin Jowett, Benjamin Jowett

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One of the greatest works of philosophy, political theory, and literature ever produced,Plato’sRepublichas shaped Western thought for thousands of years, and remains as relevant today as when it was written during the fourth century B.C. Republicbegins by posing a central question: "What is justice, and why should we be just, especially when the wicked often seem happier and more successful?" For Plato, the answer lies with the ways people, groups, and institutions organize and behave. A brilliant inquiry into the problems of constructing the perfect state, and the roles education, the arts, family, and religion should play in our lives,Republicemploys picturesque settings, sharply outlined characters, and conversational dialogue to drive home the philosopher’s often provocative arguments. It has been said that the entire history of Western philosophy consists of nothing more than "a series of footnotes to Plato." Vastly entertaining, occasionally shocking, and always stimulating,Republiccontinues to enrich and expand the outlook of all who read it.
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List price: $8.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's step-father. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

The World of Plato and Republic
Introduction
Note on the Translation
Republic
Endnotes
Inspired by Plato and Republic
Comments & Questions
For Further Reading
Index