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 may we get to the guts of this paintings at the present time, 2,500 years after its unique composition? Alain Badiou breathes existence into Plato's landmark textual content and revives its universality. instead of generating one more severe statement, he has as a substitute labored heavily at the unique Greek and, via unbelievable adjustments, tailored it to our occasions. 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 ordinarily of curiosity to the aristocratic elite -- and has elevated the variety of cultural references. right here, philosophy is firing on all cylinders: Socrates and his partners are joined by way of Beckett, Pessoa, Freud, and Hegel, between others. jointly those thinkers show that precise philosophy endures, able to take in new horizons with out altering its essence.
Moreover, Badiou -- who's additionally a dramatist -- has remodeled the Socratic discussion right into a actual oratorial contest. In his model of the Republic, the interlocutors do even more than just trust Socrates. They argue, withstand him, positioned him instant, and express idea in movement. during this paintings of dramatic scholarship and philosophy, we come across a latest model of Plato's textual content that's alive, stimulating, and without delay suitable to our personal world.