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The Republic Of Plato [Paperback]

Plato F. M. Cornford
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Reading For ANYONE July 27 2000
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Plato's Republic is unparalleled in its coverage of all areas of life. While Plato addresses metaphysical issues, he does so with language and analogies that most people can grasp with studious reading. But Plato talks about much more than metaphysics. Marriage, music, war, kings, procreation and more are all topics of discussion for Plato's dialog. In addition to the teachings about life, this book also offers a great introduction to philosophy. The famous "cave story" illustrates not only the purpose of philosophy, but also the inherent difficulties. While this book is absolutely necessary for students of philosophy and religion, I think there are golden truths for all people no matter what they do.
So, why this particular translation of the work? This translation offers the best ease in reading while mainting a tight grasp of the original Greek meanings of Plato's text. Besides, it isn't that expensive.
This book is clearly a timeless classic, and if you can't read classical Greek, this translation is probably the best you will get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessity April 6 1999
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I would force children to read this.
Plato presents, in the form of an exteremly onesided dialogue, some of the greatest ideas ever.
Plato's Republic may seem opressive; but, he accomplished what he desired, the just state for all. The ideas presented here have lasted longer than an certain anthology of texts which is the foundation for the largest group of usurpers in the world, and I would hope that Plato's ideas outlast these others. They will. Two and a half millenia have tested Plato and Co., and they a have survived.
The material here is not inaccessible; indeed, it is well written. However, do *not* purchase this translation. Desmond Lee's translation, printed by Penguin, is far more readable. Trust me here.
For those of you who need a bit more excitement than the voyeuristic pleasure presented, it should be noted that Socrates, the princible speaker, and the respondents, happen to make frequent bad puns and jokes, as well as sexual comments, so this isn't for childre- no, wait, there are about three pages total in four hundred dealing with sex. And Socrates likes little boys.
This is superb. Anyone who never reads from it is missing a piece to the whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bedrock of Modern Philosophy Oct. 20 2001
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In the "Republic," Plato may or may not have accomplished what he set out to do, which is to define justice and prove that it is superior to injustice, irregardless of either's consequences. However, what he DID do is set the foundation for over two thousand years of thought. Read this work slowly; within each of the seemingly-simple discussions there is a world of though to be discovered. Anyone with the least bit of background in philosophical readings can literally read page-by-page, discovering the sources of many of the greatest philosophers of all-time. The "Republic" is not so much a work of literature as it is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time. By the work's end, whether or not you feel Socrates to have successfully answered Glaucon's challenge is almost irrelevant, for the argument will have already left your mind reeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerald F. Devlin Feb. 12 2002
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I have used this text for five years with 10th - 12th grade students. At first there was borderline panic among a few and caution with the rest. Most students had an initial guess that we were going to spend a semester discussing a utopian city. But their interest perked up when it hit them early in the reading that the aim of The Republic "...concerns no ordinary topic but the way we ought to live (352d)." Grube' s translation seems to grow on students. He is clear and concentrates rather than dilutes meanings. When we arrived at the section defining school as "the craft concerned with doing this very thing, this turning around, and with how the soul can most easily and effectively be made to do so...(518d)," one student exclaimed, "My eight bucks was the best investment I made in a book."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundation of Most Subsequent Western Though Nov. 15 2001
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Plato's "Republic" is probably the most important work in the history of Western Philosophy, or atleast I believe it is. The reader can literally flip from page to page counting how many subsequent philosphies arose from interpretations of the words on each page. Of all Western Philosophers, Plato was one of the greatest writers. Even though some readers may find the dialogue style exhausting, I find it enjoyable because it turns the real-life participants in the arguments into literary characters who can, at times, be quite humorous. All literary merits aside, the overabundance of profound thoughts to be found in "The Republic" make it a must-read for anyone who likes to think.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars not bound
even though the book was shipped fast sections of the book were falling from the spine. that fact made it not such a great buy
Published on Nov. 11 2012 by rk
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, easy to understand.
This translation of Plato's Republic is very easy to read and understandable. As someone who needed to read this book quickly for a class, I found this translation to be much more... Read more
Published on May 19 2001 by Titanium Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Another suberb accomplishment
F. M. Cornford is possessed of the rare distinction among translator's of being not only a philologist but a celebrated historian and a deeply philosophical scholar. Read more
Published on June 13 2000 by theCardiffGiant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition
Aside from this edition I have also read a couple other translations, and this one is definitely the best one. Read more
Published on May 8 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must
Entertaining, intellectually stimulating, a classic. Anyone who is intersted in philosophy must read this book. From the natural ethic to the ideal state, this book has it all. Read more
Published on April 11 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must
Entertaining, intellectually stimulating, a classic. Anyone who is intersted in philosophy must read this book. From the natural ethic to the ideal state, this book has it all. Read more
Published on April 11 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek philosophy at its best
The father of all philosophy, all his ideas in one book!
This book, which still interests and angers philosophers today,
is the most startling and triumphant work... Read more
Published on June 11 1997
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