Plato's REPUBLIC PDF (Text)
Plato was a teacher who wrote in the dialogue form as a means of challenging his students to think deeply about fundamental questions. Consider this hypothesis: Plato wrote each book of The Republic to be performed by actors playing characters such as Socrates, Glaucon, Ademantus, and Thrasymachus. When Book One was performed, he then invited his students — the best and brightest young people in Athens — to respond to each and every argument, issue, and question posed by the characters. Based on their responses, Plato then wrote Book Two. The same process was repeated, and Book Three was generated. In this way, all ten books evolved as part of a dynamic and creative dialectic intended to take place in the souls of or every participant — including Plato himself. Each new participant joins in the ongoing process of interpretation, evaluation, and improvement. In that way, Plato's ideas are inscribed in the medium of the soul, which continues to live.