“Plato’s Republic . . . which Blackburn rightly suggests is the first book to shake the world, is loaded with perennial questions that every generation must struggle with. How are we to live our lives? What is virtue and can it be taught? Are pleasure and good the same?” Ziauddin Sardar, The Independent
Books that Changed the World
978-0-8021-4364-8 • $13.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2008
A dazzling book on Plato’s greatest and most influential work, by a distinguished contemporary philosopher
Plato is perhaps the most significant philosopher who has 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 cityand the perfect mindlaid the foundations for Western culture and, for over two thousand years, has been the cornerstone of Western philosophy. As Blackburn writes, “It has probably sustained more commentary, and been subject to more radical and impassioned disagreement, than almost any other of the great founding texts of the modern world.”
In Plato’s Republic, Simon Blackburn explains the judicial, moral, and political ideas in The Republic. Blackburn also examines The Republic’s remarkable influence and unquestioned staying power, and shows why, from Saint Augustine to twentieth-century philosophers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Henri Bergson, Western thought is still conditioned by this most important of books.