Plato: The Republic (c380-360 BCE–)

27 September 2014, dusan

The Republic (Περὶ πολιτείας; Peri politeias) is Plato’s best-known work and has proven to be one of the most intellectually and historically influential works of philosophy and political theory. In it, Socrates along with various Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and examine whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man by considering a series of different cities coming into existence “in speech”, culminating in a city (Kallipolis) ruled by philosopher-kings; and by examining the nature of existing regimes. The participants also discuss the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the roles of the philosopher and of poetics in society.

Passages, manuscripts, editions, translations and studies (Monoskop wiki)

Chantal Mouffe: The Return of the Political (1993–) [English, Spanish]

20 April 2011, dusan

“A powerful new understanding of citizenship, democracy and pluralism.

In this work, Mouffe argues that liberal democracy misunderstands the problems of ethnic, religious and nationalist conflicts because of its inadequate conception of politics. He suggests that the democratic revolution may be jeopardized by a lack of understanding of citizenship, community and pluralism. Mouffe examines the work of Schmidt and Rawls and explores feminist theory, in an attempt to place the project of radical and plural democracy on a more adequate foundation than is provided by liberal theory.”

Publisher Verso, London, 1993
ISBN 0860914860, 9780860914860
156 pages

Review: Judith Squires (Radical Philosophy, 1995).


The Return of the Political (English, 1993, updated on 2012-7-31)
El retorno de lo político (Spanish, trans. Marco Aurelio Galmarini, 1999, 6 MB, updated on 2020-10-23)
The Return of the Political (English, 2005, EPUB, added on 2020-10-26)