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  • Series: Vintage Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Vintage Classics ed edition (March 6, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679733876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679733874
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Must we not acknowledge...that in each of us there are the same principles and habits which there are in the State; and that from the individual they pass into the State?"

What does it mean to be good? What enables us to distinguish right from wrong? And how should human virtues be translated into a just society? These are the questions that Plato sought to answer in this monumental work of moral and political philosophy, a book surpassed only by the Bible in its formative influence on two thousand years of Western thought.

In the course of its tautly reasoned Socratic dialogues, The Republic accomplishes nothing less than an anatomy of the soul and an exhaustive description of a State that both mirrors and enforces the soul's ideal harmony. The resulting text is at once mystical and elegantly logical and may be read as a template for the societies in which most of us live today.

Vintage Classics are quality paperback editions of the world's greatest written works. They are durably bound and are printed exclusively on acid-free paper.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Republic by Plato complete and unabridged Jowett Translation about the classic work on the ideal commonwealth which starts out as an inquiry into the meaning of justice and turns into an examination of the Just Man or Just State.
This translation is the truist translation yet... it captures Plato for Plato as he writes as Socrates who questions to get answers. I found this writing to be part of individual life as each performs his appropriate function as "the world goes around," with time being eternity.
This book and this particular translation seems to be the best as Jowett knows his Plato, very straight forward and easily understood as eternal reason.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BlackJack21 on October 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
In Benjamin Jowett's easy to read and enjoyable translation of Plato's most famous dialogue you will find the philosopher Socrates delivering one of his most compelling yet revolutionary arguments.

And even though we live in the modern era with its vast technological advancements this philosophical colloquy is still being, mulled over in most high schools and college classes around the world.
So, how does antiquity such as this stand up to the ravages of time and compels us to re-examine who we are, where we're going, and what our political persuasions ought to be.

Plato's student/protégé Aristotle stated, "The man who is truly a statesman is thought to be chiefly occupied with virtue; he wants to make the citizens good and obedient to the law." He also stated, "We see that every state is a sort of partnership, and that every partnership is formed in order to attain some good. After all, it is universally true that people do act with a view to obtaining what they think [is] good for them. Clearly, then, all partnerships have some good as their objective, and the highest, most authentic good is the objective of the most authentic of all partnerships, the one that includes all others. This is the state; political partnership." (Aristotle's statement can be found in "The Politics Book One".)
Moreover, this syllogism that Aristotle contemplates is pretty much the standard paradigm or foundation that a Republican government adheres to, though not everyone will agree with his viewpoint. But you must realize that it's the most altruistic response insofar as avoiding totalitarianism.
Nonetheless, in a true Republic the government and the citizens must work in unison to achieve success.
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