The Republic

Plato - The Republic

Plato           (circa428/427-348/347 )
London, UK: Penguin Books, © 1955
Translated by: Lee, Desmond
Book 469 pp ISBN 0-14-044048-8

Ostensibly a discussion of the nature of justice, it lays before us Plato’s vision of the ideal state, covering a wide range of topics: social, educational, psychological, moral and philosophical. It also includes, in the process, some of Plato’s most important writing on the nature of reality and the theory of the ‘forms’. Plato is critical of Athenian democracy, which had been responsible for the execution of his friend and teacher, Socrates, and his political ideas, as expressed in The Republic, started lines of thought which are still relevant today. – back cover

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