It is the first expression of the concept of a Utopia, a perfect society. It is the first thoughtful examination of the concept of an inner life. It is the classic discussion of concepts of justice. It is a profoundly reflective work on the nature of philosophy itself. It is 2,300 years old, and one of the greatest books humanity has ever produced. Written around 360 B.C., The Republicby the Greek philosopher and mathematician PLATO (c. 428 B.C.c. 347 B.C.)is the foundational work of Western thought, with notable influences on thinkers and writers as diverse as Shakespeare, Saint Augustine, and Bertrand Russell. It is impossible to overstate its importance, and its wisdom is so intense, wide-ranging, and often seemingly contradictory that it continues to generate heated debate, even controversy, to this day. Essential reading for anyone who wishes to consider him- or herself educated, this is the unabridged Republic presented in the highly readable 1894 translation by Benjamin Jowett.
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Love it. A slightly hard read due to being translated from various languages and writing styles, but a good book. It basically tells of the concepts to create a perfect Republic. Each time a concept is introduced, it is examined from multiple angles and if it doesn't hold up, it gets thrown out in most cases. And similar to today, some things are kept as part of the better of two possibly bad choices. The book opens in the first 2 chapters to pose the question..... "If you could start a country right now with less than 50 people, how would you do it and why?" considering population, economy, education, war, luxury, protection, networking with other countries ect...... How would you do it?