The Republic – by Plato (375 BC)

The Republic (Greek: Πολιτείαtranslit. Politeia; Latin: De Republica) is a Socratic dialogue, authored by Plato around 375 BC, concerning justice (δικαιοσύνη), the order and character of the just city-state, and the just man. It is Plato’s best-known work, and has proven to be one of the world’s most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically.

In the dialogue, Socrates talks with various Athenians and foreigners about the meaning of justice and whether the just man is happier than the unjust man. They consider the natures of existing regimes and then propose a series of different, hypothetical cities in comparison, culminating in Kallipolis (Καλλίπολις), 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.

Table of Contents

Part 01: Of Wealth, Justice, Moderation, and their Opposites
Part 02: The Individual, the State, and Education
Part 03: The Arts in Education
Part 04: Wealth, Poverty, and Virtue
Part 05: On Matrimony and Philosophy
Part 06: The Philosophy of Government
Part 07: On Shadows and Realities in Education
Part 08: Four Forms of Government
Part 09: On Wrong or Right Government, and the Pleasures of Each
Part 10: The Recompense of Life

Product details

  • Publisher : (January 1, 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 220 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1420931695
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1420931693
  • Lexile measure : 1060L
  • Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

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