Discover Plato’s ideas of an ideal state and its rulers in his influential book, The Republic. Through engaging dialogues between Socrates, Plato’s brothers Adeimantus and Glaucon, and others, Plato unveils his vision of a just utopian society and the role of philosophers as rulers.

Step by step, Plato builds his ideal state, explores the education of its rulers, challenges traditional gender roles, and examines the place of art and poetry. While some of his ideas may seem far-fetched, many are thought-provoking, especially when considering imperfect societies.

Although I don’t agree with all of Plato’s arguments, I thoroughly enjoyed his insightful views. While his utopian state may be impractical, elements of his ideas can be seen in governments around the world. This timeless masterpiece, translated by Sir Desmond Lee, is a cornerstone of Western philosophy and fulfilled my long-held reading wish.

With its accessible language and helpful explanatory notes, I highly recommend it to anyone seeking intellectual enlightenment.