Biographies & Memoirs

Plato's Republic: A Biography

Plato's Republic: A Biography

Plato is perhaps the most significant philosopher who ever lived and The Republic, composed in Athens in about 375 BC, is widely regarded as his most famous dialogue. Its discussion of the perfect city-and the perfect mind-laid the foundations for Western culture and has been the cornerstone of Western philosophy. As the distinguished Cambridge professor Simon Blackburn points out, it has probably sustained more commentary, and been subject to more radical and impassioned disagreement, than almost any other text in the modern world. “A clear and accessible introduction to philosophy’s first superstar” (Kirkus Reviews), Plato’s Republic explores the judicial, moral, and political ideas in the Republic with dazzling insight. Blackburn also examines Republic’s influence and staying power, and shows why, from St. Augustine to twentieth-century philosophers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Western thought is still conditioned by this most important, and contemporary, of books.

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. Convention and Amoralism

Chapter 2. Might and Right

Chapter 3. The Ring of Gyges

Chapter 4. The Analogy

Chapter 5. The Elite and the Artist

Chapter 6. Glaucon’s Challenge

Chapter 7. The Man of Spirit

Chapter 8. Specialization

Chapter 9. Knowledge and Belief

Chapter 10. The Myth of the Cave

Chapter 11. The Religious Interpretation

Chapter 12. The Poetic Interpretation

Chapter 13. The Scientific Interpretation

Chapter 14. Disorderly Cities; Disorderly People

Chapter 15. The Exile of the Poets

Chapter 16. The Farewell Myth

NOTES

FURTHER READING

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