Plato's Republic, Books One & Two
The Philosophy Documentation
Center is pleased to offer dramatized, unabridged versions of philosophical
dialogues on audio CD from Agora Publications. In Books One and Two of
The Republic presents a discussion of the nature of justice by
Socrates, the aging Cephalus, his son Polemarchus, and the sophist Thrasymachus.
Plato's brothers, Glaucon and Adeimantus, take over in Book Two, challenging
Socrates to convince them that a just life is preferable to an unjust
life with power, fame, and riches. They imagine and evaluate different
ways of creating the best possible human life. First, they consider a
republic based on health and simplicity. When Glaucon dismisses that kind
of life as fit only for pigs, they construct a republic based on wealth
and luxury. Their analysis of economic and political reality introduces
the division of labor, the origin of war, a common currency, and basic
principles for educating the young. The goal of this quest is to reveal
the foundations of justice and injustice and evaluate their merits. This
dramatized version is an adaptation of the Benjamin Jowett translation.
Agora Publications specializes in the production of dramatized
philosophical dialogues, which are published in both electronic and
print formats. The text of each dialogue is presented in a new
translation, helping to bring each work to life for students and
non-academic audiences. In the classroom, students have been "extremely
enthusiastic. They seemed to feel it was entirely contemporary." The
recordings have also been popular with non-academics wishing to explore
the basic questions in western philosophy. All of these dialogues are
available to individuals on CD, and institutional licensing of the
entire collection is available.
· ISBN 1-887250-15-8 · Published in 1998 ·
audio CD · 2.5 hours · $25
· ISBN 1-887250-07-7 · Published in 1997 ·
paperback · 102 pages · $12.50
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