The enduring beauty of Plato's Republic.
By Simon Blackburn.
Atlantic Monthly Press. 181 pp. $19.95
Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked admiringly of Plato, "An Englishman reads and says, ‘how English!’ a German—‘how Teutonic!’ an Italian—‘how Roman and how Greek!’ . . . Plato seems, to a reader in New England, an American genius. His broad humanity transcends all sectional lines." Simon Blackburn thinks Emerson was essentially, but not entirely, right, and in this volume of the Atlantic Monthly Press’s Books That Changed the World series, he traces the...