The Republic

Version: Unabridged
Author: Plato
Narrator: James Langton
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: March 2010
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

'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.'

Author Details

Author Details

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Catalin Partenie is co-editor of Plato's Complete Works in Romanian (2001-2005).