The Republic (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Republic Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this book is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. It addresses the purpose of education and the role of both women and men as 'guardians' of the people.
- Published: 23 December 2008
- Format: Paperback 480 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140455113 ISBN 10: 0140455116
- Sales rank: 3,461
Reviews for The Republic
A mixed bag
Firstly, the pressing of this version felt a little fragile compared to the rest of the Penguin Classics range. I felt like I had to be careful with the front cover. Possibly just my one, as the rest in the series have been fantastic.
The book itself is indisputably the foundation of Western philosophy, although I guarantee you won't always agree with it. Socrates has some very odd views on some areas of society; for example he advocates the abolition of the family unit and the establishment of sex festivals where the best of the rulers are mated to produce the ideal offspring, and children are separated at birth.
It's certainly one of the most revolutionary insights into not only political science, but also from a social perspective. Equality of women, a system resembling Communism in some ways (the abolition of private property for the Guardian class for example), and what many would call a statement of totalitarian ideals centuries, even millennia before the rest of the world caught up are just some of the innovations presented in The Republic.
A great starting place for those interested in philosophy and political science alike. The pressing was a little annoying, but the introduction was fantastic, and the translation easy to read.
ie: buy it. by Mitch Wellstead