The Republic

The Republic

Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the role o Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry i...

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Title:The Republic
Author:Plato
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Πολιτεία
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Republic Reviews

  • Dan
    Feb 04, 2008
    I'm not sure why people read this. For those interested in the history of philosophy it's undoubtedly important. For everyone else... meh. A lot of people comment that Plato deals seriously with all the big issues. Well, he brings them up, but never seriously engages with them. Maybe ...
  • aisha
    Jul 20, 2007
    i have read plato's republic...three times. and i've actually enjoyed every time, although i hadn't thought i would each round. i love greek writing, and though aristotle and thucydides are my favorite, plato is a close second (third?). even if you disagree with the ideas he p...
  • Mark
    Jun 20, 2007
    I finished reading The Republic on my birthday and now am both older and wiser. The Republic is in essence one long argument why a person should lead a just life verses choosing a life of pleasure, riches, ambition, or power. It is deeply concerned with the nature of the human soul and...
  • Jason Pettus
    Apr 04, 2008
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.) The CCLaP 100: In which I read a hundred so-called "classic" books for the first tim...
  • Covert.adrian
    Jun 27, 2007
    No book has influenced my life more than Plato's Republic. It admittedly can be a difficult read: it is almost entirely a back and forth conversation between two people, Socrates and Glaucon, discussing the nature of man, the soul, justice, and what the most just society, or Republic, ...
  • Trevor
    May 27, 2019
    I?ve read this right through a couple of times now ? three, or there about, I think. And bits of it many, many times. This is one of the key books of ?the western canon?, you really do need to be aware of it. And you might be surprised at how frequently it is referenced, partic...
  • Brendan
    Sep 25, 2007
    Let me explain why I'd recommend this book to everyone: Plato is stupid. Seriously. And it's important that you all understand that Western society is based on the fallacy-ridden ramblings of an idiot. Read this, understand that he is not joking, and understand that Plato is wel...
  • Bettie
    Jan 27, 2017
    Strange days indeed, when we are sent back to re-visit the very roots of philosophy within the ancient world. Audio book 4:49:25 ...
  • Everyman
    May 21, 2008
    All the criticisms of Plato are valid. He raises straw arguments. He manipulates discussions unfairly. He doesn't offer realistic solutions. And so on. But he is still, and for very good reason, the most influential philosopher in Western civilization. He makes people think. Most au...
  • Stephen
    Aug 20, 2008
    4.0 stars. I read this book back in college (20+ years ago) so I have put this on my list of books to re-read in the not too distant future. This is one of those books that I believe everyone should read as it is one of those foundational books on which Western civilization is based. ...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Sep 24, 2011
    Is the attempt to determine the way of man?s life so small a matter in your eyes?to determine how life may be passed by each one of us to the greatest advantage? (1.344d) I propose therefore that we inquire into the nature of justice and injustice, first as they appear in t...
  • Justin Evans
    May 19, 2011
    Just to be clear, my rating is for the edition of the Republic I read- the Oxford World's Classics text translated by Robin Waterfield. Giving stars to the Republic is so flagrantly stupid that I can't even come up with a suitably stupid analogy. Giving stars to the Mona Lisa? Not even...
  • Michael
    Mar 07, 2017
    70417: this is the third translation i have read. i read jowett 1871 years ago (decades...). you can get his version free on the net. read another but do not recall by whom. this is allen 2008. i think what riku sayuj says above is the best in-depth review i mostly agree with. i read i...
  • Tristan
    Apr 09, 2017
    A man, tired from a long day of drudgery at work, walks towards his favourite haunt, an old-fashioned British working class pub in Essex called 'The Griffon'. Drenched from a heavy fall of rain, he enters the building and is greeted by its familiar smells and sounds. Man: ?Evenin...
  • Emily May
    Mar 08, 2011
    My re-reading of this for my university course has led me to the same conclusions I found when I first read it a couple of years back, except this time I am fortunate enough to have understood it better than last time. My conclusions being that Plato, and through him Socrates, was very...
  • Jessaka
    Jun 10, 2015
    Let me tell you about this book. Well, I don't recall it much; I only recall the angst it caused me for in my first year of college there were only two classes left that looked somewhat interesting. First time; last served. I took Philosophy 101 and Child Psychology. I walked into ...
  • Henry Avila
    Jul 07, 2011
    Plato's "The Republic", is a great but flawed masterpiece of western literature, yes it makes sense, mostly, some of it. "I am the wisest man in the world because I know one thing, that I know nothing", said the smart man ... Socrates. Plato is writing for Socrates, his friend and teac...
  • David Sarkies
    Oct 13, 2013
    Theorising the Perfect State 21 October 2013 Sometimes I wonder if people give this book five stars because it is either a) written by Plato, or b) if you don't give it five stars then you are afraid that people will think that you are some semi-literate mindless cretin whose read...
  • Gary Inbinder
    May 18, 2017
    This is my first GR review without a star rating. Here?s the reason why. I don?t like Plato?s Republic, but I think it ought to be read more than once. I didn?t like it when I first read it almost 50 years ago, and my opinion hasn?t changed over the years. Nevertheless, I...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    Oct 08, 2012
    Plato's The Republic is one of the more widely read works of philosophy of all time. It is a complex work, one that rambles due to the nature of it being a dialogue rather than a pure expository piece, but one with some interesting and applicable ideas within it nonetheless. The c...
  • Roy Lotz
    Jun 17, 2013
    I?ve gotten into the habit of dividing up the books I?ve read by whether I read them before or after Plato?s Republic. Before The Republic, reading was a disorganized activity?much the same as wading through a sea of jumbled thoughts and opinions. I had no basis from which to s...
  • Trish
    Sep 22, 2016
    There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless. So, it should be noted that I did not find this book at a bookstore and voluntarily buy it for my leisurely reading... It was on the syllabus for my political ...
  • Mackey
    Jan 15, 2018
    It's been far too long ago since I read this to write a critical review, however, it should be required reading for all students in America at the very least. Oh how far we have strayed. ...
  • Ana
    Dec 04, 2016
    What do you mean by x, y and z? If you stop people in the street and show them how little thought they've put into their own understanding of the world, I can see why people would be angry and you'd end up on trial. Socrates was the renowned for doing it, he made people feel stupid ...
  • Luís C.
    Aug 20, 2014
    Plato begins The Republic showing what justice is not. In this sense, he points out that it is not fair to give each one what is due to him, it is not fair to give to the friend what is not suited to him and to harm enemies, it is not fair, also, to emphasize, only the interest of the ...
  • Steven Walle
    Mar 23, 2015
    This book was presented as a dialogue between Cocrates and the author as well as three other consorts. They are discussing such matters as "What is goodness? and what is knowledge?" It is a good read yet not an easy one. It requires a lot of thought and introspection. Enjoy and Be B...
  • William2
    Mar 24, 2011
    Halfway through now and the ability to see the book as a metaphor for civic and personal moral development becomes difficult. The book is only useful if you are tracking the history of ideas, which I am not. The state Plato describes here is one that is highly prohibitive in almost eve...
  • Piyangie
    Oct 28, 2018
    The Republic is where Plato lays down his ideas of an ideal state and its rulers. Plato's Utopian state is one which is just and his ideal rulers are philosophers (so far as I understood). Being my first philosophic read, I don't claim to have fully understood Plato's ideas. Presen...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Oct 09, 2016
    I almost categorised this as a dystopian novel because while Plato finds his Republic to be ideal, it sounded too much like what Trump intends for Amerikkka. It is an essential read in terms of western philosophy particularly because of the cave analogy and its opposition to the Aristo...
  • Amit Mishra
    May 19, 2019
    The book is a dialogue among the students. Where some serious questions have been asked. Like, what is a reality? What is good and bad? The book tries t capture all the forces of earth and translate them into a constructive idea. It talks about almost all thing. How should be an idle s...