Republic by Plato

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"I envy the reader who sits in on these conversations for the first time, and with such a readable text."—John Ciardi

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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Overview

"I envy the reader who sits in on these conversations for the first time, and with such a readable text."—John Ciardi

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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John Ciardi
“No one should think of going to a liberal arts college without reading Plato's Republic. It is one of the basic books of the European mind and culture, now freshly and readably rendered by Sterling and Scott. I envy the reader who sits in on these conversations for the first time, and with such a readable text.”
William Arrowsmith
“This new version of Plato's Republic... is founded on a sensitively accurate and highly readable fusion of form and content, style and substance. Plato emerges, as he should, as both thinker and philosophical poet—something that cannot be said of competing versions.”
Diskin Clay
“The best translation of the Republic or a Platonic dialogue I know. It gives the reader who has no Greek... a sense of the powerful and delicate style of the dialogue and it is not only a success for Plato's inimitable Greek; it is brilliant in its translations of the Greek poetry quoted in the course of the Republic.”
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The most important of the Socratic dialogues, The Republic is concerned with the construction of an ideal commonwealth and thus ranks among the earliest of Utopian works. In it, Plato seeks to define philosopher and justice, and questions our perception of reality. Without a doubt the greatest and most provocative work of political philosophy ever produced in the West, The Republic is here presented in the stately and melodious Jowett translation--a perfect mirror of the beauty of Plato's style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393314670
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 234,254
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Scott is Humanities Research Professor at Dartmouth College.

Richard W. Sterling is Professor of Government Emeritus at Dartmouth College.

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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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