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The Portable Plato (Portable Library) Paperback – March 1, 1977
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*The Republic (complete)
As noted by several of the other reviewers, this edition doesn't have great explanations, notes, commentary or references. What it does do, however, is provide the introduction to Plato with very approachable translations and a critical selection of key works.
Probably considered by most his magnum opus, The Republic is worth the read - whether in this edition and translation or another. Plato covers the landscape from religion to the arts to music to science and mathematics to the meaning of life itself and the purpose of theology. Written as a Socratic dialogue, The Republic will provide an overview of this philosopher, and the foundations of our modern Western culture and thinking.
The book is available used here, and that seems to be a value that might be just a bit too good to pass up. The book (or at least the contents) are likely foundational for any Western philosophy undergrad course, and if you haven't been exposed to Plato, you probably should give this a go given the easy reading translation and importance of the work.
As a student of philosophy or even a PHd in the discipline should always have this man's work at an arm's reach. Why? Because Socrates attempted to ask the hard questions, creating what is now known as critical thought. Something so lacking in our modern age.
One of the great lines in the introduction of this book by the editor, Scott Buchanan:
"So the reader of Plato joins Socrates in inquiry, as Sancho Panza joined Don Quixote, for adventures of the mind."
My personal favourite books of Plato are, "Phaedo" as the Master drinks the Hemlock (the deadly poisen). And, although not entirely agreeing with all the ideas, "The Republic", books 1-10, to my mind is an absolute master piece.
Not knowing Greek or Latin, commenting on the translation would be ludicrous, however, Benjamin Jowett has done a fine job as the material is accessable for the undergraduate or curious.
A Fine "Portable" of Plato to have in your library.
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i guess i beat everyone to it, so i'll answer myself. I bought the portable plato book about a week ago. Read morePublished on June 4, 2004 by basschicharrones