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Why read Plato?

Plato’s Republic is the central work of the Western world’s most famous philosopher. Essentially an inquiry into morality, Republic also contains crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy.

In the videos below Robin Waterfield, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Republic, explains why we should read it, and what makes Plato so interesting.

You can watch Robin Waterfield talk about his most recent book, Dividing the Spoils, here.

Robin Waterfield was a lecturer at the universities of Newcastle and St Andrews before moving into publishing, then freelance writing and translation. He has published numerous translations of the Greek classics. He now lives in the far south of Greece on a small olive farm.

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