Plato's Republic is the classic of classics. Alfred North Whitehead wrote that the easiest characterization of the history of Western philosophy is that it consists in a series of footnotes to Plato. And that is completely true. Unless the student has mastered the arguments in the Republic they are not truly doing philosophy. The Republic may be the most important book ever written, second only to the Bible.
Being in conversation with this timeless classic is a journey that sustains the soul through the intellectual wastelands and deserts of modern life.
The central topic of the Republic is justice. One of the Socratic dialogues, the old philosopher divides the concept of justice into the justice of the individual and the justice of the society (in ancient Greek terms, the polis, or the city). Justice in the individual consists in the different components of the personality working together in harmonious unity, while justice in society consists in all classes and stratas fulfilling their functions and roles harmoniously and excellently.
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Plato and Socrates have been captured in debating about humankind and how we should live. This book if nothing else should stir questions in ones mind. The thoughts and teachings are only as good as you apply it.
The Republic is a series of debates that were recorded by Plato. Those debates are debates that include Socrates and Plato debating about Utopia (the perfect city), Socrates and a group of people discussing what is true justice, beauty, knowledge... It might not be a story or an adventure, but the knowledge and wisdom that this book holds is fantastic, it is a keystone and a treasure that has kept us moving forward and making us think in a different way. Reading the debates and discussions that two of the wisest had is something that doesn't happen often.
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Read Marcus Aurelius.
If you absolutely must, then fine read Aristotle.
Don't bother with Plato.
better to drink Hemlock than read the intellectually dishonest trite sophistry.
"The 20th century philosopher A.N. Whitehead famously said that "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato," and among Plato's works, the Republic stands out as the most all–encompassing: Plato addresses just about every area of philosophy. It's all here: justice, poetry and art, education, religion, the soul, pleasure, desire, love, sex, marriage, death, mathematics, truth, knowledge, appearance vs. reality, political and social systems, and more." Annotation by Professor Paul Hovda. (ca. 380 B.C.)
This book is a prescription for tyranny.
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