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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New Ed edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199535760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199535767
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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certainly the best translation of the Republic available (Julia Annas)

A fine new translation (The Observer)

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Robin Waterfield is a distinguished translator and author. Previously a consultant editor for Collins-Harvill, his translations of Plato include Philebus (1982), Theatetus (1987), Early Socratic Dialogues (1987), and Symposium (WC, Jan, 1994).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Oct 2013
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Plato's text is easy to read, but difficult to understand, which is why this edition is so good. I have a hard copy and Kindle version of Waterfield's translation which was also used by Simon Blackburn in his own book on the Republic.

Here's my take on the book after multiple readings of this and other translations.

There are two ideas of the 'good' at play in the Republic.

Firstly, the idea of the 'good' as doing the right thing; what we call ethics or justice, this is the traditional idea of the Good presented by Glaucon in the Republic. Plato shows this to be inadequate at the beginning of the dialogue. The other, is the idea of the 'good' as something constituted, in such a way, that it can fulfil a particular purpose; this something, might be a household implement, an individual human being, or a community of human beings. The function of a knife is to cut, while the function of human beings, is to live and prosper. In order to cut, the knife must be sharp, and easily handled; in order to live and prosper, human beings must be healthy, and well provided for. Plato goes on to show, that this idea on its own, is also inadequate, and that the two types of 'good' are integral to something, much broader and deeper, than just ethics or function. This broader and deeper conception of the Good is Plato's imaginative project in the Republic; but before he can present his ideas, he looks to understand, how human beings are constituted, and how ethics or justice, have been formulated, to facilitate life and prosperity.

Justice is the 'business of everyone performing their task ... the principle that each single individual is to perform his own task without troubling himself about the tasks of others'.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ross Burns on 24 Jun 2010
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Here is one of the giants of the ancient world, Plato. His dialogues of Socrates and the group around him have fascinated classical scholars and general readers alike for many many years.
I can say nothing more or better than that you need to read him. There. Please do.
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By L. Hughes on 10 Aug 2014
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Great job, would recommend
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