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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Plato Narrator: Bruce Alexander Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN:
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In The Republic, Plato tackles the big issues of the state and the individual: how the state should be ruled, and by whom; and the way the individual should lead his life - and why. Plato casts Socrates in the role of the leader and teacher in this carefully-reasoned enquiry held in association with the students of his circle. Yet despite the rigor of the argument - the need for a philosopher-king; the need for just behavior by all - the beneficient humanity of Socrates and the poetic imagination of Plato are vividly apparent. The lively quality of the dialogue can be clearly appreciated in this new translation by Tom Griffith. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 2/17/2014

    " One of the few works I remember reading in high school that really challenged me to think. It spoke to me, and I enjoyed discussing it with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liana Dewi | 2/3/2014

    " Plato is one crazy guy , but he is one of my favourite philosophers :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 1/28/2014

    " Plato is one crazy guy (all that stuff about forms, the noble lie etc.) but he is one of my favourite philosophers if not just for being really fun to read, and way ahead of his time incorporating Women into the Republic as equals (however Plato is an massive Elitist which makes him look a bit dodgy to say the least). I hear the laws is far less hierarchical. But the main thing is that Plato was asking the right question: What is Justice, What is Good etc. As opposed to claiming 'Everything is Water' or fire of cheese or whatever, like the pre-socratics did. Great start for any philosopher!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammed Ali Bapir | 1/24/2014

    " A text that comes back to speech again once you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N. Slater | 1/24/2014

    " Hard going but superb read. The concepts of dictatorship, socialism and all the issues of modern morality being discussed thousands of years ago! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Brikman | 1/19/2014

    " This book has some brilliant/famous parts, but it's mostly just a guy eloquently agreeing with himself. The allegory of the cave is terrific. The basic concept of a Socratic Dialogue is fascinating: far easier to read and follow than the typical philosophical prose, but also comical in some ways, at least in this book, as all the characters are flat and indistinguishable. "Why yes of course Socrates; truly; certainly; if you ask me, it could be no other way". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 1/14/2014

    " Not easy for the modern reader, but important for someone who wants to be highly literate and well-educated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/10/2014

    " Read book I and II "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George C. Anthony | 1/8/2014

    " Kind of a hard read, but very worth it. I have a feeling this book should be read more than often, if possible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel Kessler | 1/7/2014

    " I disagreed with most of what was said, and the debates brought up didn't really seem realistic. I don't really feel like I got anything out of reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dave | 1/7/2014

    " This is the best translation I've read so far. Badass. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 1/5/2014

    " audio -- Shriver is preaching about about terrorism. a reporter invents terror scares. Way too political. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Levine | 12/22/2013

    " I'm a bit concerned about several arguments being applied to the modern day and quite confused by several others. Interesting read but not my style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/17/2013

    " It's for a class...but at least I can say I've read it...at least when I finally get through it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/3/2013

    " you know, i appreciate plato's contribution to political philosophy, but DAMN it's tiresome to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Rushefski | 11/29/2013

    " No need to comment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah Tillman | 1/25/2013

    " I think the best way to read the Republic is as the context for Plato's metaphysics, as eugenics is silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystn Keller | 10/28/2012

    " This was my gateway philosophy book. Really makes your wheels turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 9/27/2012

    " I continue to go over this book and think "I wish this outline was adhered to more." Plato had some compelling and rational ideas here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 edenstephen | 4/15/2012

    " Owned title part of the "Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought" series, ed. G.R.F. Ferrari. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 3/28/2012

    " Reread the Republic. This time I focused on the regime typology and personality of the tyrant in Books VIII and IX. Just stunning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Martin | 2/28/2012

    " If you read this, be sure to also read Karl Popper's extended critique of it in "The Open Society and its Enemies: Volume I," for the antidote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Wedewer | 2/17/2012

    " After reading the Republic for the second time, I'm further convinced that it is a masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jessica nicole | 10/28/2011

    " my favorite by plato so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 6/9/2011

    " Outdated, but important for its historical weight. And, as philosophy goes, not that hard to read either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/16/2011

    " Plato's reasoning, though innovative, frustrated me throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " Read most of this. Probably the most enlightening thing I've ever picked up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 5/9/2011

    " I think that there is a lot of good insight in the book although, so far, it appears much of Socrates' philosophy conveniently supports his privileged lifestyle and culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 5/9/2011

    " Wasn't my cup of tea. Had to read it in school. Through in retrospect it does provide some
    Interesting ideas "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammed Ali Bapir | 5/6/2011

    " A text that comes back to speech again once you read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 4/28/2011

    " The book that all others are judged by in political philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 4/10/2011

    " I strongly believe this book should be required reading in schools today. A strong foundation in reasoning, logic, and philosophy sure wouldn't hurt them any. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 4/6/2011

    " It astounds me that Nietzsche gets called a Nazi when he was explicitly opposed to all nationalism, when fascistic tendencies are one of the most central aspects of this book... Its funny how people see plato, contrasted with his writings... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 4/1/2011

    " all 10 books. triumph. "

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Author Plato

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 the prototype of all Western universities.