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Like anyone who took Philosophy 101, I remember Plato, Socrates, the chained man in the cave, and the shadows passing before his eyes. It's the most famous bit of The Republic, and we read it along with a couple passages from The Death of Socrates. So in my search of our archives for billboard tape this morning (billboards are the bit at the top of the show, set to theme music, when Neal lays out the hour with the help of some pertinent tape), I found some from today's guest, Simon Blackburn, where he spoke about Plato, Socrates, and absolute truth... but nowhere did he say if he was referring specifically to The Republic. Lucky me, I have an ace up my sleeve... a super-smart sister who was a philosophy major, to boot! She solved my philosophy emergency, and I got my tape. So that's how The Republic affected my day, and in his biography of the book, Professor Blackburn goes way beyond that and gets into how it affects many of the moral and political decisions made in the world today. So, how has The Republic affected you?