“… And is not the love of learning the love of wisdom, which is philosophy?”
—From Book 1 of Plato’s Republic.
The Republic of Plato has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written. It is a book surpassed only by the Bible in its formative influence on two thousand years of Western thought.
How does man distinguish right from wrong? What does it mean to be good? Or bad? How can we create a just society? Is it even possible?
These are the questions Plato sought to answer in his monumental and timeless exploration of moral and political philosophy, The Republic.
In the course of its brilliantly rational Socratic dialogues,
The Republic accomplishes nothing less than a complete dissection of the human soul.
Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since the fourth century BC.