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The Republic: The Influential Classic

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9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

a cornerstone of western philosophy

do not be fooled! this book was (and still is) ages ahead of its time. there is no merely 'suspecting' that you understand this book. when you 'get it' you will 'know.' try to find an accurate translation and not one which is 'more culturally relevant today' - the...
do not be fooled! this book was (and still is) ages ahead of its time. there is no merely 'suspecting' that you understand this book. when you 'get it' you will 'know.' try to find an accurate translation and not one which is 'more culturally relevant today' - the idea that the Republic can be made 'culturally relevant' is all the more ridiculous considering that its implications are virtually eternal (and were meant to be). Socrates asks a lot of simple but very penetrating questions. a common and fatal error in contemporary Platonic scholarship (but even in the past) is the answering of each question (quickly) singly and missing the big picture. regardless of the historical existence of the philosophical Socrates or the historical occurence of the dialogues in the Republic, the account Plato has recorded for us in his book is among the most exact analyses of the human condition ever committed to paper. the vocabulary is not difficult, but some of the concepts will require close attention. it's better to read this book when you have some time to commit.

posted by Anonymous on February 4, 2007

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Annoying format

There is no proper table of contents so you have to manually page through tons of pages before arriving at the appropriate place.

posted by Anonymous on September 11, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    THE OK BOOK

    I think the book it's ok, but i do suggest to read because it tells about all the governments and the one he thinks its the best. But I think the most important is that it makes you think and makes you analyzed about things about today and about your life its you opinion if u dont like it but i think you just didn't put too much attention or really dont like books at all.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Needful reading

    This book is both boring and tedious to read. However, Plato's Republic is essential for all historians and political scientists. In the Republic, Plato exlpains the effective use of the NOBLE LIE. The Republic is not a book to create a government from, but a book to explain government.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Ok

    Ok

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