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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Plato Narrator: Pat Bottino Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this monumental work of moral and political philosophy, Plato sought to answer some of the world’s most formidable questions: What does it mean to be good? What enables us to distinguish between right and wrong? How should human virtues be translated into a just society? Perhaps the greatest single treatise written on political philosophy, The Republic has strongly influenced Western thought concerning questions of justice, rule, obedience, and the good life.

This work is also undoubtedly the best introduction to Plato’s philosophy in general. Not only does it contain his ideas on the state and man but also his famous theory of forms, his theory of knowledge, and his views on the role of music and poetry in society.

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  • “Regarded as Plato's most important work, The Republic has long been studied as a seminal text of the Western literary and philosophical canon. In this group of philosophical dialogues, Plato uses a conversational prose format to explore the nature of society, seeking to define the characteristics of an ideal society, or republic.”

    Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Vol. 75

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by X | 2/3/2014

    " While the book poses many interesting questions, Plato fails to answer them satisfyingly. At best, his logic tends to be faulty, and at worst, his ideas are absolutely impractical and possibly even self-centered (especially considering the idea of a "philosopher-king"). A good read to learn and understand Greek culture and thought, but not a book which holds strong philosophical arguments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy Edwards | 1/27/2014

    " My favorite part is the allegory of the cave. Great allegory for life and education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda Beecroft | 12/31/2013

    " Though the language can be a bit challenging I found this to be a very insightful critique of the classist social structure of Plato's time. Especially enjoy his use of the cave allegory in this work. Was a bit of an arrogant ass, but i still love Plato's works "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole Bulos | 12/22/2013

    " It's a must read for all psychology majors (mandatory reading if you will) but once you read it you just realize how manipulative and deceitful Socrates was. Although the Socratic method is widely used in psychology, I think that if used in the way Socrates does in The Republic, we'd be out of jobs. "

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