The Plato's Republic

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This new translation of one of the great works of Western political thought is based on the belief that when Plato chose the dialogue form for his writing, he intended these dialogues to sound like conversations - although conversations of a philosophical sort. In addition to a vivid, dignified and accurate rendition of Plato's text, the student and general reader will find many aids to comprehension in this volume: an introduction that assesses the cultural background to the Republic, its place within political ...
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Overview

This new translation of one of the great works of Western political thought is based on the belief that when Plato chose the dialogue form for his writing, he intended these dialogues to sound like conversations - although conversations of a philosophical sort. In addition to a vivid, dignified and accurate rendition of Plato's text, the student and general reader will find many aids to comprehension in this volume: an introduction that assesses the cultural background to the Republic, its place within political philosophy, and its general argument; succinct notes in the body of the text; an analytical summary of the work's content; a full glossary of proper names; a chronology of important events; and a guide to further reading. The result is an accomplished and accessible edition of this seminal work, suitable for philosophers and classicists as well as historians of political thought at all levels.

The most important of the Socratic dialogues, the Republic is concerned with the construction of an ideal commonwealth and thus is the earliest of utopias.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393019728
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1985
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Then if anyone at all is to have the privilege of lying, the rulers of the State should be the persons; and they, in their dealings either with enemies or with their own citizens, may be allowed to lie for the public good. But nobody else should meddle with anything of the kind.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    haahahahahhaa

    I honestly did not think someone would be stupid enough to spout off their ignorance with regards to Plato. I mean come on! Do some of you honestly think you understand this book? Do you honestly think you can 'rate' Plato? PhaaaaaHaaa...I am rolling on the floor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    The Worst Book Ever

    This is definately one of the worst books I have ever read. The story doesn't make much sense at all, and each chapter (called books) is about 50 pages, but could be summed up in about 3. It is very boring to read. I would not recommend this book to anyone!

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    One fantastic book!

    A classic everyone should read.

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