The Republic

The Republic

by Plato
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The Republic by Plato

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492304456
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Plato (c. 427–347 BC) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

Christopher Rowe is a professor of Greek at Durham University, England.

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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.
DustinFarris More than 1 year ago
I read this book thinking I needed to brush up on my philosophical and political history. What ended up taking place was a mind sweeping revelation that penetrated my soul. I am 26 years old and at a point in life where I seem to have many regrets, and am not certain about who I am, or where I'm going. This book penetrates the very heart of these issues and, if you allow it, can open your mind to real purpose. Oh, it has some nice government pointers too. :-) Other notes: This translation is wonderful, very easy to follow syntactically. Interesting footnotes are not overly abrasive. Just read it. There's a message in this book for everyone.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
April, "Okay, stop impersonating me whoever you are!" She starts crying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
April, "I am using my computer, because my nook broke February! So that is some other stupid April!!!!!!! I'm changing my name."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
April, "There is another April?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Party/Ball thing at 'Babbitt' Reses! We need a bartender, a Dj, and a guard, and guests! ~ April
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April, "I am happy to have a new friend as well." She smiled.
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April, "I would be delighted to be your friend!" She said, and hugged you tightly.
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April, "Are we friends?" She asked.
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April, "Yay!" She smiled, and then picked up her bunny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
April, walked in. "May I join?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Special assasin for hire. Will work for rebels and/or council. Work for highest bidder. My name is will
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evanna; She walks in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(((((((((((((((TO ALL!!! IMPORTENT!!!))))))))))))))) Do any of you know Blackblood? Or know someone who, knows Blackblood? Please send him over to 'ethics', I need to talk to him, it's importent. And I will know if he is an imposter. ~ Evanna!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looked down at everyone from the tree she was in hoping for a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She carved the words 'Sa patesti ce este al meu' in her tree with her dagger