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Plato's Republic Lecture

Plato's Republic

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More than 2,000 years later, Plato's Republic remains astonishingly relevant to our everyday lives. It poses one question after another that might well have been drawn from the headlines and debates of our nation's recent history: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Should everyone have equal access to health care? Plato's greater inquiry, however, was into the question of defining justice itself and the reasons why a person would choose a life aligned with that virtue.

These 24 remarkable lectures lead you through the brilliant dialogue Plato crafted both to define and examine the issues with which political philosophy still grapples.

Chapter by chapter, Professor Roochnik introduces you to Plato's literary recasting of his own great teacher, Socrates, and the dialogue through which Socrates and the Republic's other characters create the hypothetical ideal city. It is by dissecting life in this presumably just city - the "Republic" of Plato's title - that the nature of justice itself can be examined.

Many of Plato's ideas will startle contemporary readers, who may recognize in them the foreshadowing of some of humankind's darkest moments. Indeed, some have called the Republic the "great-great-grandfather of all totalitarian experiments." You'll wrestle with Plato's controversial vision, and you'll be surprised just how contemporary these arguments sound.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    Bruno Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-07-13
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    "One of the best courses I have ever heard!"
    If you could sum up Plato's Republic in three words, what would they be?

    The BEST course


    What other book might you compare Plato's Republic to and why?

    It's incomparable. It's the basis of political filosophy and one of the BEST books known to men. This course the dr. professor explains in great detail every complex passage in the book, giving light to such difficult subject.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely buy other Great Courses just because of this one. It's one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard, and the professor is so knowledgeable that it's quite impressive how you can understand Plato's Republic so easily. He makes it easy!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carol S. 04-24-14
    Carol S. 04-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!!!"
    Where does Plato's Republic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite of the " Great Courses " . Dr. Roochnik was a pleasure to listen and made Plato current for the listener! I hated to have the course end. Please, more by this most talented professor!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it, beginning to end!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Birmingham, AL, United States 03-14-14
    Ronald Birmingham, AL, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Excellent"

    The discussion of Plato's Republic reminds us all of what great a great didactic presentation sounds like. For those of us long-since removed from academia, it makes us long for the type of interchanges we had with a golden few professors who "reached" us and made us want more. Though Professor Roochnik is not Lord Richard Attenborough, he is clearly an expert of the subject matter and is a superb teacher. The mysteries of The Republic (the definition of justice, the analogy of the cave, the divided line and the Myth of Er) are clearly elucidated. Enjoyable, informative and reflective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. 07-15-14
    A. M. 07-15-14

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    A great lecture about a difficult subject told by a superb teacher. I was able to assimilate far more from this lecture than I could ever hope to obtain on my own by reading Plato's Republic.

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    JC 08-29-16
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    "Very detailed"

    loved the depth and detail of each chapter and explanation. I will definitely listen again!

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    JulieM Pullman, WA United States 08-24-16
    JulieM Pullman, WA United States 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Well presented and insightful. An excellent treatment of the Republic. Roochnick is an excellent instructor.

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    Brandon 08-22-16
    Brandon 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent."

    Outstanding course. I have a firm grasp of the material. The lecturer knows the material intimately. This has been my best purchase so far.

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    Martin 08-14-16
    Martin 08-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    Brought up things that I missed from reading the Republic. Good supplement to the actual book.

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    Harlan 08-07-16
    Harlan 08-07-16
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    "very practical and extremely insightful"

    Worth every penny. Very insightful and applied to modern philosophers at the end of the lectures. Worth listening to.

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    Aaron Reihl 07-23-16
    Aaron Reihl 07-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Start here instead of the book"

    as a series of lectures, this recording provides a very poignant critique and explanation of Plato's Republic. after having listened to these courses, I now feel primed to read the actual text itself in order to clean a much deeper meaning. I only docked the rating for story because it is a series of lectures and not necessarily a story itself.

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  • Mr. P. A. Gower
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    "Heartily recommended if you are new to Plato"

    I had gone through Plato's Republic on audible twice and although I had the gist of the main points I felt I hadn't quite understood it. Listening to Roochnik's lectures clarified a lot and then I listened to his lectures and then relevant chapters from The Republic back-to-back which I would recommend.

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  • A. Williamson
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    5/31/16
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    "Excellent analysis & skilled lecturer"

    Really well structured and excellent lecture series going through the republic. Prof. David Roochnik is gives a clear and constantly engaging analysis, thoroughly exploring the text, and also setting context and referencing more contemporary ideas in their relation to the republic.

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  • Connor
    2/24/16
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    "The Republic - The Best Book Ever Written"

    Professor Roochnik's ability to cover so much of a monumental book is a testimony to his own teaching and ability. His deliberate attempt to not place his own opinion ahead of others is honourable and I feel this course really opens up the Republic and all of Plato's work to those non-philosophically minded people. Simply fantastic

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  • J A Bennett
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    "A must for philosophers of any level"
    What did you like most about Plato's Republic?

    A must read for any lover of philosophy, it may not come up with many answers but the questions it poses are timeless. It is presented in a way that brings up all the main themes and guides the listener through parts that may be more difficult to understand. This series of lectures is fantastic value (especially when you get it with your free credits!!!!)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Socrates... obviously


    What does Professor David Roochnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator is as you would expect of a philosophy tutor, very reserved in what he actually says, being careful to say exactly what he means so as not to throw the listener off and I think his insights into what plato actually meant in parts were very insightful.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has opened my mind up to ways of thinking that I would have dismissed if I had not known the logical thought path that the ancients went through to come to those conclusions.


    Any additional comments?

    Think that sums it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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