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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1 edition (Sept. 14 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455113
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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Plato (c. 427–347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

Desmond Lee (1908–1993) taught for many years at Cambridge University and also translated Plato’s Timaeus and Critias for Penguin Classics.

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Plato's musings on how society should function, as well as the nature of the people who inhabit society, is read by Bruce Alexander in this abridgment. The recording and Alexander's performance are flawless. A veteran Shakespearean actor, Alexander has a voice that is rich and versatile in portraying each of the speakers in this dialogue. His accent also has an air of authority. He makes one suppose that the ancient Greek philosophers went to Oxford. This work is really delightful to hear as one follows the course of Socrates' arguments and the questions thrown at him by the Athenians. The packaging is sturdy, and the enclosed outline is most helpful. Music at the beginning and end of each side does not distract from the performance. A wonderful introduction to Plato. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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. His English translations of Plato are unparalleled if only because he understands the subject matter better than any historian, and understands the language better than any philosopher. His work is consistently above par.
An eminently readable edition of a classic and essential text.
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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 composed in philosophy,
ever. The allegory of the cave, the divided line theory, the utopian city,
all the greatest philosophical ideas are contained here.
This work inspires, enlightens, and develops the mind, of all readers,
from young children to college philosophy professors.
Enjoy!!!
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By A Customer on April 11 1999
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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. It is the counter-ideal to Nietzsche's Zarathustra (also a five-star must-read). This should be issued to every child at birth.
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By A Customer on April 11 1999
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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. It is the counter-ideal to Nietzsche's Zarathustra (also a five-star must-read). This should be issued to every child at birth.
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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 accessible than other translations I've encountered.
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By A Customer on May 8 2000
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Aside from this edition I have also read a couple other translations, and this one is definitely the best one. you will also find the introduction to be very helpful in understanding the sometimes obscure Platonic philosophy.
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great!!!!
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