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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 city—and the perfect mind—laid the foundations for Western culture and, for over two thousand years, has been the cornerstone of Western philosophy. As Simon 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.
"A clear and accessible introduction to philosophy's first superstar." ---Kirkus
In Plato's Republic, Simon Blackburn explains the judicial, moral, and political ideas in Plato's famous dialogue The Republic and shows why Western thought is still conditioned by this most important of books.
Blackburn explains the judicial, moral, and political ideas in "The Republic." He also examines its remarkable influence and unquestioned staying power, and shows why, from St. Augustine to 20th-century philosophers, Western thought is still conditioned by Platos book. Unabridged. 4 CDs.
About the Author
Simon Blackburn is a professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of ten books, including Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy, Truth: A Guide, and The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, including one for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. A twelve-time Audie finalist, Simon has won Audie Awards for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. Winner of the 2008 Booklist Voice of Choice Award, Simon has also been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.