Author(s): Professor D J Sheppard
Plato's Republic, one of the most important texts in the Western canon, is also one of the most widely taught. This guide, designed to be read alongside the original, offers a range of interpretive possibilities that allow readers to become meaningfully and confidently conversant with Plato's text. It provides key insights into style, vocabulary, arguments, and philosophical content of the Republic. No other guide is more suitable for beginning students.
Every budding philosopher knows that, whether they like it or not, Plato is essential reading. Depending on your own personal philosophies or which branch of philosophy you subscribe to the most, Plato’s ideology intersects and materialises with almost every field of thought that came after it. One could argue that Plato’s arguments and worldview are not realistic, or use an incredibly broad brush to paint what human civilisation values, and how it acts. However, these misgivings and “flaws” in Plato’s theories is exactly what made them so pertinent and easy to draw to in modern day thought.
Plato is flawed in a similar way to which we all are when it comes to critical thinking and analysis. His views are steeped in bias of his own circumstances, and what he believes to be commonplace.
The gaps in his theories incites readers to bite back. He provokes you. He makes you think, and gives you the space and vernacular to grow beyond his musings. – The Book Grocer, Taylor.