The Republic by Plato- Book Recommendation

Written by E. R. Leyva

Author of Life, The Answer. Writing is a process that allows me to capture ideas, to organize them, and to keep refining them over and over until they come together like a jigsaw puzzle, revealing what was previously hidden in plain sight.

September 27, 2020

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“The Most Important Book of all time”

Excluding religious manuscripts, this book is usually ranked as the most important book of all time due to its contribution to philosophy, politics, history, logic, communication and more. It is said that Plato did not have all the answers, but he sure asked all the questions.

The impressive logic found in the book jumps off the pages to become part of your own thought process and your own way of looking at the world. I have read it at least 5 times between paperback and audiobook and cannot get tired of it. It’s like going back to the roots and listening to a wise teacher that always finds the way to make you realize things that you didn’t see before.

A fascinating fact about this book is that it was first published in 375 B.C. and is still immensely relevant in society today. Its ideas are constantly debated across the world, from friend gatherings to the top universities, to heads of State.

To read this book, it is also important to be aware of its author: Plato. He lived during an era of intense philosophical progress in Greece. He is part of a very important and unique lineage of philosophers who’s thoughts have influenced virtually every branch of knowledge of the western civilization and is of immense historical importance. This lineage is made of: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

  • Plato was Socrates’ most famous disciple. There is no known written work from Socrates. Instead, his words and thoughts were immortalized by his disciples. Plato’s writings are dialogues in which Socrates is the protagonist.
  • Plato founded “The Academy” which is known to have been the world’s first University.
  • Aristotle joined the Academy and became Plato’s best student. He is credited with having invented Science. He was also the tutor of Alexander the Great

Rarely has it happened in any discipline throughout history, that there has been such a meaningful knowledge transfer from one genius mind to another throughout three generations in a teacher-student relationship.

The Republic is now part of the public domain, so you can get it for free with a simple google search, or you can purchase it on Amazon or at your preferred book store.

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