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- DescriptionPlato's Republic is one of the most well-kwn and widely discussed texts in the history of philosophy, but how might we get to the heart of this work today, 2500 years after it was originally composed? Alain Badiou invents a new genre in order to breathe fresh life into Plato's text and restore its universality. Rather than producing yet ather critical commentary, he has retranslated the work from the original Greek and, by making various changes, adapted it for our times. In this invative reimagining of a classic text, Badiou has removed all references specific to ancient Greek society, from the endless exchanges about the moral courage of poets to those political considerations that were only of interest to the aristocratic elite. On the other hand, Badiou has expanded the range of cultural references: here philosophy is firing on all cylinders, and Socrates and his companions are joined by Beckett, Pessoa, Freud and Hegel. They demonstrate the enduring nature of true philosophy, always ready to move with the times. Moreover, Badiou the dramatist has made the Socratic dialogue a true oratorial contest: in his version of the Republic, the interlocutors have more in mind than merely agreeing with the Master. They stand up to him, put him on the spot and thereby show thought in motion. Through this work of writing, scholarship and philosophy, we are able, for the first time, to read a version of Plato's text which is alive, stimulating and directly relevant to our world today.
- Author BiographyAlain Badiou is a writer, philosopher, and Professor Emeritus of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Among his many books are Being and Event, Logics of Worlds, The Century and In Praise of Love.
- Author(s)Alain Badiou
- PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Date of Publication14/04/2015
- Place of PublicationChicester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
- Weight612 g
- Width161 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine31 mm
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