Focus Philosophical Library's edition of Plato's "Republic "is an
English translation of one of the most intellectually important
works in Western philosophy and political theory. It includes an
extensive introduction, an extensive afterword "Imitation" by John
White, a chapter-by-chapter outline of principal speakers and
summary of the content, Stephanus numbers, boldface type to
indicate the entrance of a new speaker into the discussion,
footnotes, and glossary of key terms with cross-references for the
This dialogue includes Socrates and others discussing the
definition of justice, the theory of forms, and the immortality of
the soul. Plato uses numerous dialogues between Socrates and
various characters in Athens to discuss the nature of government,
including the nature of justice, the happiness of the just and the
unjust man, the nature of rule in the ideal city-state, and other
matters essential to understanding classical philosophy such as the
theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, poetry, and the role
of the philosopher in society.
FPL books are distinguished by their commitment to faithful,
clear, and consistent translations of texts and the rich world part
and parcel of those texts.
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