The Republic by Plato
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The Republic was Plato's most ambitious and most quasi-religious work, but not his clearest and not necessarily his best.
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Plato's Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation other questions are raised: what is goodness; what is reality; what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the role of both women and men as 'guardians' of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by 'philosopher kings'.

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Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded in Athens the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. Desmond Lee was a fellow and tutor of Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and later became President of St Hughes Hall, Cambridge. Melissa Lane received her PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge University. She teaches the history of political thought and political philosophy in the History Faculty at Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of King's College. Her books include Method and Politics in Plato's Statesman (Cambridge, 1998) and Plato's Progeny: how Plato and Socrates still captivate the modern mind (Duckworth, 2001).
Published May 31, 2007 by Penguin. 480 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Children's Books, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jo Walton on Apr 09 2010

If you like conversation and you haven’t been fortunate enough to read Plato’s dialogues, I thoroughly recommend them, they’re a ton of fun.

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The Republic was Plato's most ambitious and most quasi-religious work, but not his clearest and not necessarily his best.

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Reviewed by Jaydee Villamar on Jun 01 2010

Plato tries to put in plain words how the notion of justice can be obtain then derive a similar concept of individual justice. As what the book stated, it is better to make out the nature of justice in the individual if it will be taken in a larger scale.

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Reviewed by Caitlin Timmins on Dec 16 2010

Even clear wording is clouded by the complex concepts presented by this Socratic dialogue, yet Plato’s attention to detailed analysis manages to believably lead even Socrates’ most adamant opponents to eventually agree with his beliefs.

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