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? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the roles of both women and men as "guardians" of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by "philosopher kings."
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Langton - great job despite a daunting work!
I'd recommend it to anyone; only it is an exceedingly challenging read. I'm listening along with some of The Great Courses to help me understand all the subtleties.
"Thus Spoke Zarathustra" - in terms of challenge.
Langton has done a great job over Socrates' opponents, distinguishing them very nicely, often mockingly, from the main speaker.
Of course not. It's supposed to stimulate your brain to reason.
Do not buy this on its own! Start thinking about additional lectures. You won't get it right away.