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The Republic

Author: Plato.; Benjamin Jowett; Robert S Brumbaugh
Publisher: Danbury, Connecticut : Grolier Enterprises Corp., [1978?]
Series: World's great classics (Grolier Incorporated)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Often ranked as the greatest of Plato's many remarkable writings, this celebrated philosophical work of the fourth century BC contemplates the elements of an ideal state, serving as the forerunner for such other classics of political thought as Cicero's De Republica, St. Augustine's City of God, and Thomas More's Utopia. Written in the form of a dialog in which Socrates questions his students and fellow citizens,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Plato.
Republic.
Danbury, Conn. : Grolier Enterprises Corp., [1978?]
(OCoLC)761990910
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Plato.; Benjamin Jowett; Robert S Brumbaugh
ISBN: 9780717200016 0717200019
OCLC Number: 11033406
Description: xiii, 475 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: World's great classics (Grolier Incorporated)
Other Titles: Republic.
Responsibility: Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett ; with a critical and biographical profile of the author by Robert S. Brumbaugh.

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Often ranked as the greatest of Plato's many remarkable writings, this celebrated philosophical work of the fourth century BC contemplates the elements of an ideal state, serving as the forerunner for such other classics of political thought as Cicero's De Republica, St. Augustine's City of God, and Thomas More's Utopia. Written in the form of a dialog in which Socrates questions his students and fellow citizens, The Republic concerns itself chiefly with the question, "What is justice?" as well as Plato's theory of ideas and his conception of the philosopher's role in society. To explore the latter, he invents the allegory of the cave to illustrate his notion that ordinary men are like prisoners in a cave, observing only the shadows of things, while philosophers are those who venture outside the cave and see things as they really are, and whose task it is to return to the cave and tell the truth about what they have seen. This dynamic metaphor expresses at once the eternal conflict between the world of the senses (the cave) and the world of ideas (the world outside the cave), and the philosopher's role as mediator between the two.

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