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Plato's 'Republic' Still Influential, Author Says

Aug 8, 2007 (Talk of the Nation)

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The dialogues of Plato's The Republic are regarded as the first great texts on political and moral theory. Philosopher Simon Blackburn has written a new book about The Republic, gently reminding those of us who have forgotten it why it remains so important.

Blackburn argues that today's neo-conservative movement was influenced by The Republic, though he says the connection stems from a misinterpretation of Plato's text.

Simon Blackburn, author, Plato's Republic: A Biography; professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge

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