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Plato′s Republic


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Kenneth Reinhard
  • Translator's Preface
  • Author's Preface to the English Edition
  • Preface
  • Characters
  • Prologue: Conversation in the Villa on the Harbor (327a-336b)
  • 1 Reducing the Sophist to Silence (336b-357a)
  • 2 The Young Men's and Women's Pressing Questions (357a-368d)
  • 3 The Origins of Society and the State (368d-376c)
  • 4 The Disciplines of the Mind: Literature and Music (376c-403c)
  • 5 The Disciplines of the Body: Nutrition, Medicine and
  • Physical Education (403c-412c)
  • 6 Objective Justice (412c-434d)
  • 7 Subjective Justice (434d-449a)
  • 8 Women and Families (449a-471c)
  • 9 What is a Philosopher? (471c-484b)
  • 10 Philosophy and Politics (484b-502c)
  • 11 What is an Idea? (502c-521c)
  • 12 From Mathematics to the Dialectic (521c-541b)
  • 13 Critique of the Four Pre-communist Systems of Government:
  • 1. Timocracy and Oligarchy (541b-555b)
  • 14 Critique of the Four Pre-Communist Systems of Government:
  • 2. Democracy and Tyranny (555b-573b)
  • 15 Justice and Happiness (573b-592b)
  • 16 Poetry and Thought (592b-608b)
  • Epilogue: The Mobile Eternity of Subjects (608b-end)
  • Notes
  • Index

About the Author

Alain Badiou is the Emeritus Professor in Philosophy at theEcole Normale Superieure, Paris. He is probably the mostwidely read and influential philosopher in France today.


"I strongly recommend reading Badiou's amusing, erudite, andintelligent book." Consciousness, Literature and the Arts "Badiou's translation of Plato follows the ancient habit ofpre-copyright times: it freely changes the original to make it fitto contemporary conditions. So instead of sophists we get corruptedjournalists, instead of soul we get the subject, and instead ofPlato s critique of democracy we get... well, a critique oftoday s democracy. The result is a resounding triumph: Platocomes fully alive as our contemporary, as someone who directlyaddresses our issues. This, not aseptic scholarly work, is the markof a true fidelity to our past." Slavoj Zizek "Here is something really remarkable: a complete re-imagining ofthe founding text of philosophy This book calls itself ahyper-translation, but it is also a repetition with a difference,an utterly contemporary transposition and even sublimation ofPlato's Republic. It is always our task to breathe life into the ancients. Theyfeed on our blood. Badiou shows himself a master ofvampirism." Simon Critchley, New School for Social Research, NewYork "What Badiou s translation of Plato leaves us with is aresounding passion for the truth. It leaves us with a rare sensethat politics can once again be associated with courage andjustice, and that we have an agency at our disposal that comes inthe passionate work of bringing the idea of equality (communism)into existence." Berfrois

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