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  • Plato's Republic

  • By: The Great Courses, David Roochnik
  • Narrated by: Professor David Roochnik Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
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More than 2,000 years later, Plato's Republic remains astonishingly relevant to our everyday lives. It poses one question after another that might well have been drawn from the headlines and debates of our nation's recent history: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Should everyone have equal access to health care? Plato's greater inquiry, however, was into the question of defining justice itself and the reasons why a person would choose a life aligned with that virtue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartily recommended if you are new to Plato

  • By Mr. P. A. Gower on 02-01-14

An amazing lecture series!

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Reviewed: 03-12-18

Just finished listening to it tonight, leaving the last two post-scriptum lectures for last.

I came to this not having completely read through Republic, so I thought it would summarize the book in more of a bite-size way. Oh boy, was I wrong! And gladly so. The lectures given by Prof. Roochnik start out with a simple rephrasing of ideas and end up being a metaphysical journey through the matter of understanding and being. Certainly a road everyone should walk at some point. That's all I can say without spoiling much.

The only thing I would say is, try to listen to it on headphones or quiet environment. Because of the recording quality, Prof. Roochnik's voice can sound monotonous and fade into the background.

Otherwise, it's absolutely fantastic and I would certainly recommend this!