The Republic by Plato

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by Plato

Philosophy Political Science Justice The Ideal State The Theory of Forms The Role of the Philosopher Education

18 hours 4 minutes
Ancient Greek

The Republic is a dialogue of political philosophy written by Plato, being the best known work of this Greek author, and published around the year 370 a. C. According to Cicero, Plato's Republic is the first book of Greek philosophy.

It is a dialogue between Socrates and other characters, such as the disciples or relatives of Socrates himself. The work is made up of ten books, and brings together all the ideas that make up Plato's philosophy.

The main theme of the book is justice, but reference is also made to fundamental Platonic doctrines, such as the allegory of the cave, the doctrine of ideas or forms, the conception of philosophy as a dialectic or the project of an ideal city, governed according to philosophical principles.

In short, The Republic deals with all issues related to the "philosophy of human things", and involves topics such as ontology, epistemology, political philosophy and ethics.

For this digital edition of the book The Republice we have used the Benjamin Jowett's Translation.


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Plato in Classical Attic, was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought and...

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Justice is practiced only under compulsion, as someone else's good - not our own.


Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?


Wherefore each of you, when his turn comes, must go down to the general underground abode, and get the habit of seeing in the dark.


The result, then, is that more plentiful and better-quality goods are more easily produced if each person does one thing for which he is naturally suited, does it at the right time, and is released from having to do any of the others.


Variety in poetry breeds self-indulgence; in gymnastics, disease: simplicity there puts temperance in the soul; here it puts health in the body.

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