The Republic by Plato

The Republic by Plato pdf

The Republic – Plato’s most famous work and one of the most important books ever written on the subject of philosophy and political theory, “The Republic” is a fictional dialogue between Socrates and other various Athenians and foreigners which examines the meaning of justice.

Written in approximately 380 BC, “The Republic” also discusses Plato’s “Theory of Forms”, the nature of the philosopher, the conflict between philosophy and poetry, and the immortality of the soul. An essential read for any student of philosophy or political science, “The Republic” is a monumental work of antiquity, which forms the foundation for much of our modern policy

Book Review by naruvoll

Expected to hate it but loved it instead

I’m trying to alternate between fun audiobooks and ones that I feel I should read rather than having any desire to do so. Plato’s Republic was in that second group. I honestly expected to hate it. But it’s one of the fundamental classics. So on the list it goes to listen to while I commute. And I loved it. It may have been that it was a full cast audio but it honestly did feel like being with a group.

Maybe a quarter of the way in I realized what it reminded me of: when you are at a very mellow party in college and people start discussing things that are really “deep, man.” And there’s that one person who is way too into it and dominates the conversation. So that tickled me most of the book. The other thing that was really engaging was how much of the ideas in this book can be seen in the modern world. In that way it made it feel like an anthropological study and it kept making me say, “neat,” even when I disagreed with whatever point was being made. Overall I would recommend this audiobook version because it made it come alive.

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About the Author

Plato (428-348 BCE) was a philosopher and mathematician in ancient Greece. A student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle, his Academy was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely regarded as the father of modern philosophy