by Plato, Melissa Lane, Desmond Lee
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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One of the greatest works of philosophy and political theory ever produced, the Republic of Plato has shaped Western thought for thousands of years, which remains as relevant today as when it was written in ancient Greece.This Penguin Classics edition is translated by Desmond lee with a new introduction by the Republic of Melissa Lane.Plato is widely recognized as the cornerstone of Western philosophy.Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and the three different interlocutors, it is a survey on the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual it contains.During the conversation other questions arise: what is goodness; what is reality; what is knowledge?The Republic also addresses the goal of education and the role of women and men as “guardians” of the people.With remarkable lucidity and dexterity in the use of allegory, Plato arrives at a representation of a state bound by harmony and governed by the “philosopher’s kings”.Translation of Desmond Lee from the Republic came to be regarded as a classic in its own rightHis introduction deals with contextual themes such as Plato’s disillusionment with Athenian politics and Socrates’s trial.The new introduction by Melissa Lane approaches Plato’s objectives by writing the Republic, its main arguments and perspective on politics in ancient Greece and its importance through the ages and today.Plate (C427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle among the masters of the intellectual tradition of the West.In Athens, he founded the Academy, the first permanent institution dedicated to philosophical research and teaching and the prototype of all Western universities.If you liked The Republic, you’ll love the Prince of Machiavelli, also available in Penguin Classics
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