Plato, Republic 1-2.368c4

Emlyn-Jones, Chris ed. (2007). Plato, Republic 1-2.368c4. Aris and Phillips Classical Commenatries Series. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books.



The introductory sections of Republic, Plato’s best known dialogue, are particularly interesting in vividly presenting an age-old argument: how to defend living the just life when the advantages of injustice can be advocated so compellingly? A dramatic debate arises out of a meeting between Socrates and friends in the Athenian port of Piraeus during a religious festival. In the cut-and-thrust of argument and the clash of personalities, notably Socrates and the sophist Thrasymachus, Plato brings to life the cultural and social world of his times and the crucial moral issues at stake for his contemporaries. He also puts as effectively as possible the adversarial case which Socrates has to answer in the rest of Republic

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