By Alain Badiou
Plato's Republic is likely one of the best-known and so much widely-discussed texts within the historical past of philosophy. yet how could we get to the guts of this paintings this present day, 2,500 years after its unique composition? Alain Badiou breathes lifestyles into Plato's landmark textual content and revives its universality. instead of generating another severe remark, he has in its place labored heavily at the unique Greek and, via amazing alterations, tailored it to our instances. during this leading edge reimagining of Plato's paintings, Badiou has got rid of all references particular to old Greek society -- from long exchanges approximately ethical braveness in archaic poetry to political issues normally of curiosity to the aristocratic elite -- and has improved 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 precise philosophy endures, able to take up new horizons with out 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 consider Socrates. They argue, face up to him, positioned him instant, and convey notion in movement. during this paintings of dramatic scholarship and philosophy, we come upon a contemporary model of Plato's textual content that's alive, stimulating, and without delay suitable to our personal world.