In essence, The Republic is an extended, spoken competition of knowledge. The congregation of philosophers gathers, elaborates on, and concocts new theses on matters of politics and philosophy through their civil rivalry. Their passion for their subjects shines through in this socialistic capitalism of ideas, and their company provides to each other the constructive criticism needed to amend their failures and innovate to the best of their abilities. If anything, the spirit of competition is the one theme present in this book. These competitions and thoughts on knowledge all culminate in The Republic to make it the ultimate intellectual dialogue.
In September, October and November, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “civility,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.