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Plato: The Republic


Plato: The Republic


“… And is not the love of learning the love of wisdom, which is philosophy?”

—From Book 1 of Plato’s Republic.

The Republic of Plato has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written.  It is a book surpassed only by the Bible in its formative influence on two thousand years of Western thought.

How does man distinguish right from wrong? What does it mean to be good? Or bad? How can we create a just society? Is it even possible?

These are the questions Plato sought to answer in his monumental and timeless exploration of moral and political philosophy, The Republic.

In the course of its brilliantly rational Socratic dialogues,
The Republic accomplishes nothing less than a complete dissection of the human soul.

Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since the fourth century BC.

PHILIP DOSSICK is the New York Times critically acclaimed writer and director of the motion picture The P.O.W. He has written for television, including the outstanding drama, Transplant, produced by David Susskind for CBS. His most recent books include Aztecs: Epoch Of Social Revolution, Sex And Dreams, Mark Twain In Seattle, The Naked Citizen: Notes On Privacy In The Twenty-First Century, Raymond Chowder And Bob Skloot Must Die, The Deposition, Vincent Van Gogh: Madness And Magic, Oscar Wilde: Sodomy and Heresy, Abraham Lincoln: 5 Speeches that Changed America, Martin Luther King: 5 Speeches that Changed America, and Nelson Mandela: 5 Speeches that Changed South Africa.

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