The Republic (unabridged)

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The Republic

Read by Leighton Pugh


In The Republic Socrates is asked the question ‘What is justice?’ And in order to answer it, he draws a long and detailed analogy between the individual and the city. Plato’s work forms the foundation of Western philosophy and covers a wide range of topics including political theory and ethics, with extended digressions into artistic and literary criticism, the theory and practice of education as well as epistemology and metaphysics. Deploying straightforward language and metaphors drawn from everyday life, The Republic contains many key ideas including the theory of forms and the concept of the philosopher-king.

  • Running Time: 12 h 41 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-381-2
    Cat. no.:NA0517
    Produced by:Chris Barstow for Tall Story Audiobooks at The Perfumery
    Translated by:Benjamin Jowett
    Released:October 21
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Narrator Leighton Pugh gives all the interlocutors in Plato’s most important dialogue their own voices. But only Socrates, who does almost all the talking, comes across as a full person: intelligent, moderate in temper, genial, accommodating to his fellows but someone who commands respect and attention. Pugh also distinguishes the minor characters adequately and switches among them skilfully. The Republic deals with justice, politics and education, among many topics, and includes the famous ‘Allegory of the Cave’. It can be complex, but Pugh’s fine voice, natural pacing and thoughtful expressiveness help keep the meaning clear, and the 19th-century translation is both graceful and lucid. Pugh’s reading demonstrates that philosophy not only can be comprehensible in audio but also enjoyable.

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