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The Republic (Penguin Classics) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 005-1488010005
ISBN-10: 0140449140
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Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded in Athens the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. Desmond Lee was a fellow and tutor of Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and later became President of St Hughes Hall, Cambridge.
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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 2nd edition (February 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140449140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140449143
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (565 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I needed this book for a Philosophy Class, it helped me out, I thought I would help you all out and provide some locations to jump to:
Book I: 3954
Book II: 4707
Book III: 5335
Book IV: 6152
V: 6855
VI: 7712
VII: 8402
VIII: 9057
IX: 9752
X: 10332

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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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You get what you pay for I suppose. Starts with a very long introduction or maybe you would call it a lecture about the book and Plato. If you want to just read the book itself you need to jump all the way to location 3948. Really needs at least a table of contents with 2 entries; one for the intro and one for the actual start of the book.
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I won't waste time trying to summarize Plato's "The Republic". Most people (I would guess nine out of ten) who have read this colussus of classical philosophy, read it because they were forced to by their college instructors. This is unfortunate because "The Republic" is a compelling and enduring philosophy of how life should be lived, how justice should be approached, and how leaders should lead.

What recommends this book, really, is the bargain price: under five bucks. As one of those college instructors who makes their students read this, I always recommend this edition. Sterling and Scott's translation is as good as anyone else's, so why not save my students a few bucks? And, if you're one of those one out of ten who is considering reading this on your own, you've only got five bucks to lose, but an awful lot of rewarding reading to gain!

Rocco Dormarunno

College of New Rochelle
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I've been using the Oxford World's Classics edition of Republic for three years now to teach freshmen, and Waterfield's translation and endnotes are great. His choice to render dikaiosyne as "morality" rather than "justice" allows a range of discussion with American students that travels outside the courtroom and into the purpose of life and what translation means, and his crankiness in the endnotes (he talks about Plato as an old lover talks about his beloved) allows some great lessons about editorial practices and what's involved in the production of a scholarly edition.

Perhaps more important to my students than anything, this edition of Plato is right at ten bucks, a steal compared to their other textbooks and an invitation to mark up, use, and abuse the margins. I'm sitting at my desk, my battered copy of the 1998 printing sitting next to my keyboard, and I'm thinking that perhaps this fall I'll pick up a copy of this blue-sky beauty.
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The only way to navigate this version of the Kindle edition of Plato's Republic is by PAGING through it or searching for keywords you already know. Get the mobile version instead. It has a table of contents with working links.
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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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WARNING, BUYERS BEWARE: This edition of Plato's Republic by NABU Press is the worst kind of online entrepreneurial opportunism. It is a repackaging in ebook form of Benjamin Jowett's 1871 translation of the Republic, which is in the public domain and freely available all over the internet. So don't waste your money (and they want how much?!). If you want to read the Republic now, google Plato Republic text and find it any number of places (e.g. download the whole book from Google Books). If you want a good hard copy, look at Allan Bloom's or any number of real new translations over the last 30 years. Your public library probably has one or two of them also. But don't buy this edition: unless you just like throwing your money away and supporting people operating shady businesses.
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