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An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Part 1

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In January of 2000, I began a 10-week class on Plato’s Republic. The week before it started, I gave a bonus introductory lecture. Sadly, I loaned out the lectures on the Republic, and they were never returned. But this introductory lecture was meant to stand on its own, so I am presenting it in two parts. The sound quality at the beginning is somewhat muffled, but bear with it, because it gets much better. I would be most grateful for a transcript of this lecture, which pleases me a great deal.

 

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  1. ned
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the lecture. Greg, can you recommend other readings for introducing oneself to Plato’s republic? i.e., those books without the degenerate left wing non-sense.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 4:44 am | Permalink

      Amazingly, I can’t think of a simple book on the Republic that I would recommend. I do recommend A. E. Taylor’s book, which contains a chapter on the Republic. Plato: The Man and His Work

      Generally, the closer one gets to the 19th century, the better the basic scholarship on Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. Taylor was an old-school, unpretentious classicist without theoretical axes to grind.

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