“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
Alan Ryan, in his History of Political Thought, proudly declares that “Almost all accounts of the history of political thinking begin with Plato. This is a paradox, because Plato’s political thought is antipolitical.” There is no question that The Republic is one of the most important works of Greek philosophy that has had an outside impact on the world around us.
This edition includes a thorough reading and analysis spread over 230 pages by the late Benjamin Jowett of Balliol College, Oxford University. It makes for essential reading for those interested in understanding the present state of politics anywhere in the world.