Book #4: The Republic


by Plato

The most well-known work of the Greek philosopher Plato, The Republic examines ideas of justice, both for an individual and within society. Taking the form of dialogs led by Plato’s teacher Socrates, the book looks at how man’s happiness is tied to being just. It also introduces the concept of a city ruled by philosopher-kings, among other topics.

For the project, I will use an electronic copy of The Republic as translated by eminent Oxford scholar Benjamin Jowett. A professor of English and head of Oxford’s Balliol College, Jowett spent more than thirty years translating the book, which was published after his death in 1893. This version contains 321 pages of text, plus 200 pages of introductory notes.

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