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Plato The Republic Free Audiobook


Free Resource (#685) - November 7th, 2008
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The Republic

The Republic by Plato is one of the most influential works of philosophy in history. In the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's teacher and protagonist Socrates sets out to find an answer to the question: "What is justice?". Along the way Socrates discusses the ideal city-state and his theory of forms, which includes his famous allegory of the cave.

This is a new, freely available, unabridged edition of The Republic. It is well read by narrator Doug McLeod and is available on MP3 download from ejunto.com.

The Republic

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Plato's Ion and Meno

Socrates questions Ion, an actor who just won a major prize, about his ability to interpret the epic poetry of Homer. As the dialogue proceeds, the nature of human creativity emerges as a mysterious process and an unsolved puzzle.

A similar discussion between Socrates and Meno probes the subject of ethics. Can goodness be taught? If it can, then we should be able to find teachers capable of instructing others about what is good and bad, right and wrong, or just and unjust. Socrates and Meno are unable to identify teachers of ethics; we are left wondering how to acquire such knowledge.

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The Classical Greek philosopher Plato was instrumental to the development of Western philosophy and science. Plato was born to an aristocratic family and was well-educated. He founded the Academy, one of the first institutions of higher learning, around 385 BC. Plato was highly influenced by his teacher, Socrates. Socrates was condemned to death after being accused of corrupting his young followers. After Socrates' death, Plato recorded several dialogues detailing what he remembered from Socrates' teachings and interactions with others. Almost everything known about Socrates comes from Plato's dialogues. Plato's writings have been revised and interpreted by a variety of publishers.

To learn more about Plato's and Socrates' ideas of justice and political theory, listen to The Republic, available as a full cast dramatization an audio download.

You can listen to The Symposium to find out Plato's thoughts on the nature and purpose of love. The Symposium details these notions as a series of speeches given by men attending a symposium, including Socrates, and is available on audio download.

You can also learn about the trial that led to Socrates' death in Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo, available on audio download. These dialogues describe the trial, Socrates' defense, his imprisonment, and his execution.

For our ultimate guide to Socrates and Plato check out our article: Plato Out Loud.

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