An Engagement with Plato's Republic

By Basil Mitchell and J. R. Lucas

 

Plato was politically incorrect---gloriously incorrect: hard to ignore and difficult to refute. Read An Engagement with Plato's Republic to argue with him or against him, for contemporary orthodoxies or against them. ``Plato was the first feminist. Women were the same as men, only not so good.'' (Page 131) Was Plato right? If wrong, was he wrong simply about sex, or did his error lie in something deeper about the self? Read how researches into the foundations of Euclidean geometry led to the end of egalitarianism in the ancient world. Many would-be readers of the Republic give up---Mitchell and Lucas understand why, and help to explain what is really going on behind the seeming irrelevance of the text.

 

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