The Republic (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Republic (Dover Thrift Editions) Author Plato
ISBN-10 0486411214
ISBN-13 9780486411217
Year 2000-04-18
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Dover Publications
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Often ranked as the greatest of Plato s many remarkable writings this celebrated philosophical work of the fourth century B C contemplates the elements of an ideal state serving as the forerunner for such other classics of political thought as Cicero s De Republica St Augustine s City of God and Thomas More s Utopia Written in the form of a dialog in which Socrates questions his students and fellow citizens The Republic concerns itself chiefly with the question What is justice as well as Plato s theory of ideas and his conception of the philosopher s role in society To explore the latter he invents the allegory of the cave to illustrate his notion that ordinary men are like prisoners in a cave observing only the shadows of things while philosophers are those who venture outside the cave and see things as they really are and whose task it is to return to the cave and tell the truth about what they have seen This dynamic metaphor expresses at once the eternal conflict between the world of the senses the cave and the world of ideas the world outside the cave and the philosopher s role as mediator between the two High school and college students as well as lovers of classical literature and philosophy will welcome this handsome and inexpensive edition of an immortal work It appears here in the fine translation by the English classicist Benjamin Jowett

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