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The Republic Of Plato [Paperback]

Plato F. M. Cornford
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Translation and Notes Jan. 5 2013
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I personally always prefer a Penguin because of the fantastic essays before the book actually begins. Any praise I could give for Melissa Lane's essay would be inadequate to describe how great it actually is. It is brief yet it puts the book in perspective for a reader who is not very well acquainted with Plato's writings. Those who are more acquainted would not find the essay as fantastic. The translation is not 2013 modern but it is translated into intelligible modern English (no "art thou's" or other archaic Shakespearian sounding English). I have not completed reading the book but I have completed reading part one (the introduction) and in my opinion it is a fantastic translation. As a religion student I have taken my share of ancient Greek classes so I appreciate the translators notes on the difficulty of translating certain sections. Because I know the dead language I can see why somethings would be difficult especially with Plato's τέχνη (techne) analogies in section one. These notes aren't just there to mark where the translation is difficult but also to give the reader an introduction to the following argument to help the reader keep up with Plato's thoughts (especially when they begin to get complicated and intertwined with ancient modern ideas that we are ignorant about).

If you are debating between this copy or another, I recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Republic May 22 2013
By Sean
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The Republic by Plato is a famous philosophical treatise of the 4th century BC concerns itself chiefly with the idea of justice, as well as such Platonic theories as that of ideas, the criticism of poetry, and the philosopher's role. Source of the famous cave myth and prototype for other imaginary commonwealths, including those of Cicero, St. Augustine, and More. Benjamin Jowett translation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Admiration April 3 2012
By Senya
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I admire Socrates for his goodness and what he represented, he was a good man, and it would be presumptuous of me to say that I understood him and his ideas or what he was trying to convey through words. We all know how hard it is to convey our thoughts and feelings into words despite the English language being so rich with many words, and this was even more true in Socrates's time as the language in those times was most likely a lot more limited than today. As everyone most probably knows the allegory of the cave; I am certain that when it comes to conveying our thoughts and feelings through words? it is most likely just the same as watching shadows in front of us, and many of us if not all get better as we get older in describing these shadows.

Having said all this, I will still come out as presumptuous and condescending towards Socrates, not because I disagree with him philosophically speaking, but because I have to be real here.

From what I read in the Republic, it appeared to me that Socrates was trying to establish the meaning of "justice"? Socrates along with a handful of youths dwelled into this topic earnestly trying to understand this justice. Now Socrates with good intended purposes hands to these youths an imaginary republic in which everyone fulfills their required duties in how they 'ought to' and what they 'ought to' do for the good of the republic. This all seemed good since Socrates here was merely trying to understand justice, unfortunately this is where the entire flaw was laid out. Socrates was looking at how things should have been and how people ought to behave, not how they are and how they already behave, Socrates was ignoring human tendencies, our vices, the disgusting part of us, and only focused on our goodness, our virtues, and this was all fair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Republic - 5stars, Dover Thrift - 0stars Aug. 31 2004
Translation is key when buying a book like this. The Republic is a must read for anyone and everyone, but not Dover Thrift.
The translator Allan Bloom has served me well for the past 5 years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Excellent Society Dec 2 2003
in the Republic, Plato. envisioned his ideology of what a free and fair society should look like. the book emphasises on the perfection of a perfect society, which will be free of corruption, discremination, race division, and partiality.
the author was aware of the alarming rate of corruption gripping the world we are in. he sketched a plan for a state to be run and maintained. a state that will based on law and order. specifically, Plato was hitting the nail on justice and equity of law, he stressed that a society should not be making laws based on a portion of the jurisdiction rather order should be maintained on equality and fair justice.
The book is a treaty on how a social society and a normal state is to be ressuracted from the clamouring segregation of the rich state and the poor society. in his work of art plato pulls the trigger of justice towards equity, unity and peace of justice. its such a great book, it is more than the wordings on it because it contains ancient landmarks of literary work of art, the work has been done long ago, and it grammer complex needs not be rushed but remember that the day a man stops reading, he stops growing intellectually. how i wished books were paste. i could have kept reading each day first thing as i woke up from the sleep. The Republic needs not be rush, just slow and steady because it is a treaty and not a mere thriller novel. but its a try from all intellectual aspirants. so dont let go. if you do, you missed a book from one great thinker.
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