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- By: Plato
- Narrated by: James Langton
- Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one's life. Plato's The Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: What is goodness? What is reality? What is knowledge?
- By Lazaro C. Ojeda on 10-25-11
I wish I could give four and half stars
While there were times that I felt Socrates took too long to make his points, I had to keep in mind the different rhythm of the day that it must have been 2500 years or so ago. Many of his points paid off, but the argument of the just and the unjust being rewarded by the pursuit or lack of knowledge and virtue is it's own reward, is only if the goal of an individual is to be a philosopher, which he outlines as the highest place in an ideal society. Yet, he also points out that in an ideal state, philosophy should be queen. In other words, only giving counsel to the court, which I do not agree with, but nevertheless, a good overall read. I also wish Plato had given Glaucon and Adeimantus more of a role in the debate, but once again, I am sure that debating what is just and unjust can not arrive at a conclusion if all sides are given an equal voice, which maybe the point of life itself. Thus, I wish I could have given it four and a half stars, because it came close to perfection.