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Plato's Republic Audiobook

Plato's Republic

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The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

Several characters in the dialogue present a variety of tempting answers to those questions. Cephalus, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, and Glaucon all offer definitions of justice. Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus explore five different forms of republic and evaluate the merits of each from the standpoint of goodness.

Two contrasting models of education are proposed and examined. Three different forms of poetry are identified and analyzed. The difference between knowing and believing is discussed in relation to the objects of each kind of thinking.

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Public Domain (P)2015 Agora, New Internet Technologies

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    What a wonderful performance - infused by the excitement, energy, and wit of real conversation. The actors do a wonderful job of bringing the book, and its subtle interlocking chains of argument, to life. A first-rate performance of one of the world's greatest books. I'll be listening to this one again.

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    "A great way to enjoy The Republic"

    I've read Plato's Republic about a half dozen times over the course of my life. This audible version brought out many great things I never noticed before. Fantastic.

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    hekmat pointe claire, QC, Canada 01-31-17
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    Ray Child makes the narrative so interesting that make you think you are watching good movie or having a conversation with socartes.
    Amazing from beginning to the end.

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    Dominick 08-11-16
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    Was very easy to listen to. This is a must read already and if someone would rather an audio book I would recommend this one

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    "A great well performed book"

    I liked the voices and the lessons in this book and I'm sure I will read it again someday .

    It was performed in a very understandable way.

    The only thing I didn't like is the lack of an outline to the 10 books

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    Robert D. Johnson 04-11-17

    Follower of Christ, husband of one, father to four, student of philosophy, fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball... that's all you need to know.

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    "Well done contemporary translation"
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    I've read excerpts from older English translations in years past. This was my first time to read the entire work and I found the translation in contemporary English, and the performance by multiple voices, to improve the whole experience greatly. I'd commend this to anyone who might have found the older language difficult.

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    hans sandberg Princeton Jct., NJ 04-11-17
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    "Sooooo overrated"

    I expected more, much more. I was looking forward to wisdom that had stupid the test of two and a half millennia, but all I found was Plato telling the story of an old and not terribly smart, but terribly obnoxious old man, yes I'm taking about Socrates, who take great pressure inn impressing young straw men with simplistic and often ridiculous arguments. Was that all, was my question after having reached the end.

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    "best translation ever"

    I'm really enjoying this translation and the way it's been presented here with a cast of characters. It really helps to hear this as a dialogue.

    I'm wondering if anyone might know who the translator was for this edition? I've checked out a few and so far, no luck. Allan Bloom seems to be the most recent as far as I've found, but that one's not it either.

    anyone?

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    "Timeless wisdom"

    To understand the present sometimes you have to seek out the wisdom of the past. While this may have been written 2500 years ago it shows that the human condition truly is cyclical and that human nature doesn't evolve as much as it revolves around a few core precepts. If we are to protect our way of life we need more people who will seek wisdom for the love of wisdom. It is only through these true philosophers that our societies can reach there fullest potential.

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    It's amazing how relevant the discussion is to the issues of today. I found myself constantly being able to relate to the arguments and apply the resolutions to my own personal questions of justice and the rule of man. The performance was captivating! It was more of a discussion than a story and each of the men had a different actor which made me feel as if I was sitting in the room with them. Overall I feel much wiser after listening and know these conclusions will strengthen my soul.

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