The Republic

ebook: The Republic

Sprache - Englisch

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"The Republic" is a Socratic dialogue, authored by the famed Greek Philosopher Plato around 375 BC, concerning justice, the order and character of the just city-state, and the just man. It is Plato's best-known work, and one of the world's most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically. In the dialogue, Socrates discusses the meaning of justice and whether the just man is happier than the unjust man with various Athenians and foreigners. They consider the natures of existing regimes and then propose a series of different, hypothetical cities in comparison, culminating in Kallipolis, a utopian city-state ruled by a philosopher-king. They also discuss the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the role of the philosopher and of poetry in society. The dialogue's setting seems to be during the Peloponnesian War.


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Plato (circa 427–347 BCE) was a seminal philosopher in Ancient Greece and an intellectual progenitor of Western philosophy. A student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle, Plato's contributions to philosophy, political theory, and education are monumental. His dialectical approach and his use of Socratic questioning remain vital to philosophical methodology. Plato's 'The Republic' is one of his most acclaimed works, wherein he examines justice, the just city-state, and the role of the philosopher-king. In this dialogue, Plato presents his Theory of Forms, the concept of the ideal state, and the allegory of the cave, which explores the nature of reality and human enlightenment. His written works are primarily in the form of dialogues, where characters discuss various philosophical topics, allowing Plato to dissect different viewpoints. His literary style is noted for its clarity, depth, and exploration of ethical and metaphysical themes. This style has made his work accessible across millennia, influencing countless thinkers and laying the groundwork for the field of metaphysics and epistemology. The Academy he founded in Athens was one of the earliest institutions of higher learning, cementing his legacy in the educational traditions of the Western world. Plato's work remains critical to the disciplines of philosophy, political science, and literature, with 'The Republic' often being a cornerstone text in these fields.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 487 Pages

Filesize: 838.5 KB

ISBN: 8596547715818

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