By Alain Badiou
Plato's Republic is likely one of the best-known and such a lot widely-discussed texts within the background of philosophy. yet how could we get to the guts of this paintings this day, 2,500 years after its unique composition? Alain Badiou breathes existence into Plato's landmark textual content and revives its universality. instead of generating yet one more serious statement, he has as an alternative labored heavily at the unique Greek and, via marvelous adjustments, tailored it to our instances. during this leading edge reimagining of Plato's paintings, Badiou has got rid of all references particular to historic Greek society -- from long exchanges approximately ethical braveness in archaic poetry to political concerns almost always of curiosity to the aristocratic elite -- and has extended the variety of cultural references. right here, philosophy is firing on all cylinders: Socrates and his partners are joined via Beckett, Pessoa, Freud, and Hegel, between others. jointly those thinkers reveal that actual philosophy endures, able to soak up new horizons with no altering its essence.
Moreover, Badiou -- who's additionally a dramatist -- has remodeled the Socratic discussion right into a real oratorial contest. In his model of the Republic, the interlocutors do even more than just accept as true with Socrates. They argue, face up to him, positioned him instant, and convey suggestion in movement. during this paintings of dramatic scholarship and philosophy, we stumble upon a latest model of Plato's textual content that's alive, stimulating, and without delay correct to our personal world.