• Plato's Republic

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-01-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Agora, New Internet Technologies
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (400 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin Myers on 08-08-16


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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5 out of 5 stars
By Unripe on 05-20-16

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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By Rowan on 04-24-17

A classic, be mindful of translation bias.

This performance brings this old masterpiece to life. The translator was a devout catholic and unfortunately some dogma and religious ideology has been woven into some of the spiritual concepts. It doesn't ruin the message but it does distract from it, it's well to be aware at all times that this text is translated from Ancient Greek, and the original meaning may be somewhat masked, think loosely on concepts and not too fixed on specific vocabulary.

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