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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"Robin Waterfield has produced an idiomatic, lively, and thoroughly up-to-date Englishing of Plato's Republic....Waterfield...succeeds beautifully...in making engaging English out of Plato's Greek. For this teachers of Greek philosophy owe him gratitude."--Ancient Philosophy

"Waterfield's translation is certainly the best of the Republic available. It is accurate and informed by deep philosophical understanding of the text; unlike other translations it combines these virtues with an impressive ability to render Plato into English that is as varied and expressive as is Plato's Greek."-- Professor Julia Annas, University of Arizona

"Translated in an easy, accessible style, as though these were people, not textbooks speaking. The introduction is lucid and complete."--E.N. Genovese, San Diego State University

"An excellent translation and introduction. The best I have seen."--Tom Christenson, Capital University

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The central work of the most famous philosopher of the Western world, Republic is a philosophical enquiry into morality that contains crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy. In this dialogue, Socrates and others meet to discuss the ideal community, a place where morality can be achieved in the balance of wisdom, courage, and restraint. However, Plato says as much about our internal life as he does about social morality, since all these vital elements must work together in the creation of harmonious human beings. This new translation by Robin Waterfield captures the dialogue's deft touches of wit and intensity, as well as the lyrical loveliness of Plato's language. Complemented by full explanatory notes and an up-to-date critical introduction, here is the ideal edition to own, whether you are a scholar or an avid general reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915144037
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1974
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Robin Waterfield is a writer and editor living in Great Britain.

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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 May 2, 2013

    Outstanding

    Everyone should read it at least ince

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Fantastic, if you don't believe in any sort of page numbering whatsoever

    Really though.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Unreadable

    Misspellings everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Solid, if a bit poor

    Allan Bloom is one of today's most recognized scholors of Plato, the physical version of this book used in college history and political science courses on both the undergraduate and upper division levels today / This electronic version isnt as good for the numerous typos that abound, but the text isn't as unreadable as some would claim / Allan Bloom's translation and analysis is a good book to have in your library, but go for a physical copy if you can / Overall this version is good despite the typos with the text remaining legible and understandable if one's eyes are not lazy readers; and considering this is Plato, no one should be lazy or pick this up for casual reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Unreadable at times

    There are countless mispellings, so much to the point that some sections are nearly impossible to read or even figure out what is supposed to be being said there. I would really love it if barnes & nobles would take care of this problem because although i am really enjoying & being inspired by this book, im fearful that im missing out on a lot of enlightenment & learning possibilities from the parts that are unreadable due to errors & misspellings.

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