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Plato's Republic by Simon Blackburn
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Jun 17, 11

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Blackburn is up front about his distaste for The Republic, so the editors of this series are the ones to blame for asking him to write it. It isn't so much a "biography" as a collection of critical opinions, all of which are justified to some extent but leave the reader wondering what the point of such a collection can be. There are some interesting historical tidbits scattered throughout the book, but overall not much enlightenment. On the positive side, Blackburn is an amusing writer and doesn't take himself too seriously.
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