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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Blackburn Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books that Changed the World Series Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781400173907
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Plato is perhaps the most significant philosopher who has ever lived, and The Republic, composed in Athens in about 375 BC, is widely regarded as his most famous dialogue. Its discussion of the perfect city-and the perfect mind-laid the foundations for Western culture and, for over two thousand years, has been the cornerstone of Western philosophy. As Simon Blackburn writes, "It has probably sustained more commentary, and been subject to more radical and impassioned disagreement, than almost any other of the great founding texts of the modern world." In Plato's Republic, Simon Blackburn explains the judicial, moral, and political ideas in The Republic. Blackburn also examines The Republic's remarkable influence and unquestioned staying power, and shows why, from Saint Augustine to twentieth-century philosophers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Henri Bergson, Western thought is still conditioned by this most important of books. Download and start listening now!

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  • A clear and accessible introduction to philosophy's first superstar. Kirkus

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 8/22/2013

    " Found this a good accompaniment to reading Plato's Republic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 8/19/2013

    " I am reading it again from the start as its been so long. It's a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 5/24/2013

    " Was the author's summation and views on the book, which was rather...dull. (Audio book version btw, no time to read anymore) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will | 3/20/2013

    " It was very difficult to read, although illuminating I couldn't get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yzobelle | 1/30/2013

    " Absolutely inspiring book! A must-read for every citizen. If only we live our life according to the letter of this book, the world would be close to utopia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hevel Cava | 9/28/2011

    " Readable, inspiring, thought-provoking, insightful... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivencio | 5/14/2011

    " an erudite, no-nonsense guide to 'the republic' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yzobelle | 2/26/2011

    " Absolutely inspiring book! A must-read for every citizen. If only we live our life according to the letter of this book, the world would be close to utopia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivencio | 9/1/2010

    " an erudite, no-nonsense guide to 'the republic' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 4/20/2010

    " I am reading it again from the start as its been so long. It's a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 7/16/2009

    " Was the author's summation and views on the book, which was rather...dull. (Audio book version btw, no time to read anymore) "

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About the Author

Simon Blackburn is a professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several books, including Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy, Truth: A Guide, and The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.