Plato; Translated and with an Introduction by R. E. Allen
May 27, 2008
400 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
This edition, intended for the student and general reader, is accompanied by Allen’s notes and introduction. The Republic is, of course, many things: metaphysics and epistemology, moral psychology and ethics, educational theory and aesthetics, and poetry and eschatology. In his introduction, Allen takes up its threshold question—the political—and argues that its particular formulation by Plato had a direct and profound influence on the Founding Fathers and the development of American constitutional law.
"Professor Allen's credentials as a philosopher and classicist are impeccable. He has already demonstrated his expertise in his published translations of Plato's Dialogues. His translation of The Republic comes to crown his effort to make Plato available in highly readable and accurate renditions. ”—John P. Anton, University of South Florida