Plato's Republic in the Recent Debate
Journal of the History of Philosophy, Volume 48, Number 2, pp. 125-151.
By Francesco Fronterotta
Republic continues to arouse
intense controversy among commentators, both for its ethical and
political project and for its psychological, epistemological, and
ontological implications for the knowledge of philosophers, who, says
Plato, should be set as guides for such a project. Considering just a
few examples from recent years, we might recall that a new critical
edition of the dialogue has been published
1 that contains significant innovations both in the text
and in the attribution of lines to speakers. Moreover, this new edition
has been accompanied by a volume of philological commentary edited by
the same author.
2 Numerous translations in the main modern languages have also been published with a more or less detailed apparatus of notes.
3 An equally significant quantity of works of commentary,
individual or miscellaneous, of extremely varied origin and composition
has appeared, from the monumental work coordinated by M. Vegetti
(1998–2007), to the volumes of O. Höffe (1997), E. N. Ostenfeld (1998),
S. Sayers (1999), R. Gutiérrez (2003), B. Mitchell and J. R. Lucas
(2003), S. Rosen (2005), M. Dixsaut (2005a–b), G. Santas (2006), and G.
R. F. Ferrari (2007). Just this brief indication of the mass of
philological, historical, and philosophical studies suggests the
constant—and constantly renewed—appeal of a dialogue that is rightly
considered as one of the most influential and representative of Plato's
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