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Overview

Without 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.

Beginning as an inquiry into justice as it operates in individuals, The Republic soon becomes an inquiry into the problems of constructing the perfect state. Are the masses really qualified to choose virtuous leaders? Should the rulers of a state receive a special education to prepare them to exercise power virtuously? What should such an education consist of? Should artists who do not use their gifts in a morally responsible way still be allowed a place in society? The Republic's answers to these and related questions make up a utopian (or, perhaps, dystopian) program that challenges many of the modern world's most dearly held assumptions-and leads us to reexamine and better understand those assumptions.

Author Biography:
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.) was born into a wealthy and prominent family, and grew up during the conflict between Athens and the Peloponnesian states. The execution of his mentor, Socrates, in 399 B.C. on charges of irreligion and corrupting the young, necessitated Plato's leaving Athens. He traveled to Egypt as well as to southern Italy, where he became conversant with Pythagorean philosophy. Plato returned to Athens c. 387 B.C. and founded the Academy, an early forerunner of the modern university. Aristotle was among his students.

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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Editorial Reviews

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"Joe Sachs, known and respected for his excellent translations of Aristotle, deserves great praise for this new translation of Plato's Republic. Based on the latest definitive edition of the Greek text and guided by a sense that Greek in English need not read like an old, foreign tongue, Sachs' translation captures the flow of the conversation in an English that reads smoothly, even when the ideas expressed force one to pause and look again. Fluid, yet accurate, Sachs' translation allows the thoughtful reader deeper entry into this all-important book. The editorial guides and typographical signs to remind the reader of who has joined the argument most recently are all highly helpful and most welcome. I look forward to reading this with students."
—Charles E. Butterworth, University of Maryland
P.C. Kemeny
This superior translation has an engaging, constructive tone. For introductory students with little or no historical background with which to appreciate the nuances of Plato's Republic, Tschemplik clearly sets the historical context and identifies the characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440485
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1955
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Jowett (15 April 1817 - 1 October 1893) was a theologian and translator of Plato.

Plato (428/427 or 424/423 BC - 348/347 BC) was a philosopher.

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Socrates: I went down yesterday to Piraeus with Glaucon, Ariston’s son, to pray to the goddess, wanting at the same time also to see the way they were going to hold the festival, since they were now conducting it for the first time. The parade of the local residents seemed to me to be beautiful, while the one that the Thracians put on looked no less appropriate. And having prayed and having seen, we went off toward the city. Spotting us from a distance then as we headed home, Polemarchus, Cephalus’s son, ordered his slave to run and order us to wait for him. And grabbing me from behind by my cloak, the slave said “Polemarchus orders you to wait.” And I turned around and asked him where the man himself was. “He’s coming along from behind,” he said. “Just wait.” “Certainly we’ll wait” said Glaucon.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Book I Chapter 3 Study Questions Part 4 Book II Chapter 5 Study Questions Part 6 Book III Chapter 7 Study Questions Part 8 Book IV Chapter 9 Study Questions Part 10 Book V Chapter 11 Study Questions Part 12 Book VI Chapter 13 Study Questions Part 14 Book VII Chapter 15 Study Questions Part 16 Book VIII Chapter 17 Study Questions Part 18 Book IX Chapter 19 Study Questions Part 20 Book X Chapter 21 Study Questions Part 22 Appendix 1: Cephalus and Polemarchus (Lysias, Against Eratosthenes) Part 23 Appendix 2: Athenian Imperialism (Thucydides, "The Melian Dialogue") Part 24 Appendix 3: The Ring of Gyges (Herodotus, Histories, Book I) Part 25 Appendix 4: The Status of Women (Xenophon, Oeconomicus) Part 26 Appendix 5: Athenian Constitutional History

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Find another version...

    No table of contents so navigation through the book is horrible.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2011

    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    To see this great work which so deeply influences the developmen

    To see this great work which so deeply influences the development of man and time and thought throughout the ages rated a three overall is a travesty. You are not truly educated without exploring this exceptional work with a guide of great learning and heart. This is the one book that can make you better than you were when you started the first page. Do not be deceived, this is a book of timeless relevance and soul.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Blueripple

    Is dead. So this is no one's den. Feel free to take it as your own. It's even heated!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Useless

    Completely useless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Text is gibberish after page 20

    Do not buy this ebook it is completely illegible. Choose a different edition of Plato's work.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    No

    Dont get this

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    WTH

    What is this? what everyone else said is true. This is is ridiculous, no table on contents, no seperation of the different books, there seems to be a lot of comentary between. This doens't make any sense

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Trash not the book at all

    Unreadable and not the republic 900 pages of trash

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Ok

    Ok

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Unreadable

    Characters where the should be letters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Trash!!!!!!!!!!

    This just junk.. impossible to read. Dumbass..

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    what is wrong with the typeset?

    free versions elsewhere are better

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Didnt+work

    This+version+did+not+work+on+my+nook

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2011

    Could not Read

    I couldn't read this version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    A Must Read

    I really enjoyed this book to the fullest. I have read The Republic by other translators and i must admit that Allan Blooms translation of The Republic is by far better than this one. However, the content of the book is great.

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