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Plato's Republic: A Study

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"The most comprehensive and detailed commentary on and interpretation of Plato’s Republic in English. Stanley Rosen is one of the most original interpreters of Plato alive."—Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

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“Highly persuasive as a refutation of the Straussians as well as of those who wish to accuse Plato of totalitarianism on one hand or philosophical incompetence on the other. Plato scholars of every stripe will be forced to respond to this book’s main claims.”—Jacob Howland, University of Tulsa

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“A smart and insightful commentary. The book is a welcome addition to the corpus of Plato scholarship. . . .Highly recommended"

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About the Author

Stanley Rosen is Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy and University Professor at Boston University. His previous books include The Elusiveness of the Ordinary and Hermeneutics as Politics, both published by Yale University Press.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300126921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300126921
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Felipe Valencia on November 20, 2009
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I am a beginner in the study of philosophy. For that reason, I enjoyed Rosen's lucid style, and his preference for avoiding technicisms unless they're absolutely necessary. His arguments are sound and persuasive, and his interpretative practice encourages the reader to engage in a more critical, close reading of Plato's Republic. I am afraid that maybe he's too persuasive, and thus may simplify some problems in the mind of unexperienced readers like myself. In other words, it's hard not to agree with him on everything unless you re-read certain passages by yourself. Besides, the readers of the Republic are legion, and count among them some of the brightest minds of Western culture. In sum, I enjoyed Prof. Rosen's book very much, and I recommend it highly, although I do hope some better qualified students of philosophy may write reviews.
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