"The Blackwell Guide to Plato's Republic" consists of thirteen new essays written by both established scholars and younger researchers with the specific aim of helping readers to understand Plato's master-work. This guide to "Plato's Republic" is designed to help readers understand this foundational work of the Western canon. It sheds new light on many central features and themes of the "Republic". It covers the literary and philosophical style of the "Republic"; Plato's theories of justice and knowledge; his educational theories; and his treatment of the divine. It will be of interest to readers who are new to the "Republic", and those who already have some familiarity with the book.
Gerasimos Santas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. His previous publications include Socrates (1979), Plato and Freud: Two Theories of Love (Blackwell, 1988), and Goodness and Justice: Plato, Aristotle and the Moderns (Blackwell, 2001).