"In the past few years, the Republic 's readers have already been lucky enough to see two other fine anthologies dedicated to that dialogue.... This new Critical Guide is much shorter than those, but it stands well in their company and shares some contributors with them (including McPherran himself). This volume, a collection of papers that were mostly presented at a 2008 conference, is pitched to specialists slightly more than the other anthologies are.... its selections are shorter, so even the difficult chapters feel more inviting than longer versions of them would have been. Freshness is at a premium.... rich assortment.... a wide spectrum of issues has been updated in this excellent book. Every philosopher who has thought about the Republic will find something here that illuminates an aspect of the dialogue; specialists will want to spend time with many of the twelve selections." --Nickolas Pappas, City University of New York, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Plato lovers will rejoice at this new Cambridge collection of critical essays on Plato's Republic.... This volume, part of the Cambridge Critical Guide Series, is not intended for the novice reader but for veteran Plato scholars who crave a more detailed critical journey into the classical text. It is an outstanding work, with essay after essay offering new food for Platonic thought. It is suitable for graduate students of ancient philosophy, psychology or political theory and will be a thorough delight for the seasoned scholar. Bravo, Cambridge and editor McPherran! Kudos as well to contributors Rachel Barney, Rachana Kamtekar, Nicholas Smith, Zena Hitz, and J. H. Lesher." --Wendy Hamblet, Adelphi University, Philosophy in Review
These new essays provide a state-of-the-art research picture of the most interesting aspects of Plato's Republic, addressing questions that continue to puzzle and provoke today. This volume will be essential to those looking for thoughtful and detailed excursions into the problems posed by Plato's text and ideas.