What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one’s life.
Plato’s The 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 inquiry 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 roles 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.” Download and start listening now!