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Plato's The Republic is one of the most important philosophical works ever written. It is the account, as told by Socrates, of a meeting and debate between some of the greatest minds of ancient Greece. Justice, politics, and ideal governments are examined, questioned, and rebuilt. A vital stone in the foundation of Western philosophy and law, this work has proven to be food for thought for many future generations of philosophers, lawyers, and political leaders.
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Plato (ca. 424-348 B.C.) was a uniquely talented thinker and writer who played a central role in the birth of Western philosophy. Born into a well-known Grecian family who could trace their lineage to kings and other great people of the past, Plato proved a stellar student from his earlier years. Legends and stories heard in childhood inspired the young man to seek ancient priestly wisdom in travels to areas we now know as Europe and the Middle East. One of Plato's supreme values was education, and upon his return to Greece, he founded a school called The Academy, where many of the most brilliant minds of his day would be educated. Himself a student of Socrates, Plato taught such famous thinkers as Aristotle at his Academy, thus continuing the intellectual legacy that ancient Greece still offers the modern world. Plato is best known for his work The Republic, although his larger contribution to philosophy includes many such "dialogues" (as they are called) of ancient thought and debate.Back to top
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The argument of the Republic is the search after Justice, the nature of which is first hinted at by Cephalus, the just and blameless old man-- then discussed on the basis of proverbial morality by Socrates and Polemarchus--then caricatured by Thrasymachus and partially explained by ...Back to top
Reviewed by jameswhite5555 on Jul 16, 2012
A book that makes you think. It is filled with lots of ideas that influence the way people think today.
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