The Republic

Author(s): Plató; Desmond Lee (Translator); Melissa Lane (Introduction by)

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The Republic (Politeia; Latin: De Re Publica) is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around 380 BC, concerning the definition of justice, the order and character of the just city-state and the just man-for this reason, ancient readers used the name On Justice as an alternative title (not to be confused with the spurious dialogue also titled On Justice).

The dramatic date of the dialogue has been much debated and though it might have taken place some time during the Peloponnesian War, "there would be jarring anachronisms if any of the candidate specific dates between 432 and 404 were assigned".

Plato's best-known work, it has proven to be one of the world's most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically.

In it, Socrates along with various Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and examine whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man by considering a series of different cities coming into existence "in speech", culminating in a city called Kallipolis, which is ruled by philosopher-kings; and by examining the nature of existing regimes. The participants also discuss the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the roles of the philosopher and of poetry in society.

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Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded in Athens the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. Desmond Lee was a fellow and tutor of Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and later became President of St Hughes Hall, Cambridge. Melissa Lane received her PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge University. She teaches the history of political thought and political philosophy in the History Faculty at Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of King's College. Her books include Method and Politics in Plato's Statesman (Cambridge, 1998) and Plato's Progeny: how Plato and Socrates still captivate the modern mind (Duckworth, 2001).

General Fields

  • : 9780140455113
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : May 2007
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Plató; Desmond Lee (Translator); Melissa Lane (Introduction by)
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 321.07
  • : 480
  • : Ancient Western philosophy to c 500; Political science & theory