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Republic
     

Republic

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by Plato
 

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The central work of one of the West's greatest philosophers, The Republic of Plato is a masterpiece of insight and feeling, the finest of the Socratic dialogues, and one of the great books of Western culture. This new translation captures the dramatic realism, poetic beauty, intellectual vitality, and emotional power of Plato at the height of his powers. Deftly

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The central work of one of the West's greatest philosophers, The Republic of Plato is a masterpiece of insight and feeling, the finest of the Socratic dialogues, and one of the great books of Western culture. This new translation captures the dramatic realism, poetic beauty, intellectual vitality, and emotional power of Plato at the height of his powers. Deftly weaving three main strands of argument into an artistic whole—the ethical and political, the aesthetic and mystical, and the metaphysical—Plato explores in The Republic the elements of the ideal community, where morality can be achieved in a balance of wisdom, courage, and restraint.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192829092
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/23/1994
Series:
World's Classics Series
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
4.56(w) x 7.31(h) x 0.96(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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Robin Waterfield is a writer and editor living in Great Britain.

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The Republic 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 416 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite those outstandingly ignorant individuals who are so willingly embarass themselves, Plato's Republic is one of the most significant works produced in our human exsitence. What's even more unique about it is its broad scope and truth that can be revealed even in our lives today. Eveyone should read it. And for those who refuse to be embarassed again, read it one more time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'The Republic', Plato attempts to outline an ideal society based on justice. The governemnt he suggests, however, is merely the backdrop for answering vital questions about human nature. Plato tries to define justice as well as philosophers, and argues that the just man is happier tha the unjust man. I highly recommend this book.
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"I told you before, I'm just not good at this stuff.. I'm very messed up inside!" Looks up at him.
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Walks in
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Special assasin for hire. Will work for rebels and/or council. Work for highest bidder. My name is will
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He looked down at everyone from the tree she was in hoping for a friend.
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At 'Rules of War', result two. Please add on if you wish.
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Chills in the shadows, watching
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Is confused
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She carved the words 'Sa patesti ce este al meu' in her tree with her dagger
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Evanna; She walked in.
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Cypher walked in.
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Shined her winged shoes
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