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Plato's Republic

An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

D.J. Sheppard

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Everything you need to know about Plato's Republic in one volume.

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Series Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
Introductory Questions
A Guide to the Text
Book I (327a-354c)
Books II-V (357a-471b)
Books V-VII (471c-541b)
Books VIII-X (543a-621d)
Study Aids
Types of Question You will Encounter
Common Assessment Criteria
Tips for Writing about Plato
Bibliography and Guide to Further Reading

About the Author

Dr D.J. Sheppard is Master of Scholars and Head of Religion and Philosophy at Oakham School, Rutland.


Sheppard tries to offer his readers a truly introductory guide to the Republic, i. e., a guide whose author has made as few interpretative decisions as possible in order to encourage new readers to have a personal conversation with Plato's text... In my opinion, Sheppard fulfils his purpose very well.

As an introduction, this book clearly addresses readers new to philosophical classics and has consequently a very simple structure: it takes them through the text step-by-step... It could also be useful for 'continental' scholars who are not really working on Plato but must teach the Republic in their courses, as it provides a short but good overview of recent interpretations of the dialogue in English speaking areas.

- Diego De Brasi, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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