Plato's Republic

Plato's Republic

A Ladybird Expert Book



- Why do humans form societies and what is needed for them to thrive?
- How can women's potential be actualized?
- How can we protect ourselves from demagogues and tyrants?

IMMERSE yourself in the strikingly relevant questions of Plato's influential dialogue, exploring the age old dilemma: Why should I be just? What is a just society, and how can it be created?


Written by distinguished philosopher and professor Angie Hobbs, Plato's Republic is the essential introduction to a text that helped shape all Western literature and philosophy.


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About the author

Angie Hobbs

Angie Hobbs gained a degree in Classics and a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. After a Research Fellowship at Christ's College, Cambridge, she moved to the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick; in 2012 she was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Her chief interests are in ancient philosophy and literature, ethics and political theory, and she has published widely in these areas, including Plato and the Hero. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes and other media. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Outside academia, she has many interests, including the theatre, music, walking, swimming and many sports, especially cricket.
Twitter: @drangiehobbs
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