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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (2 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486411214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486411217
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plato ranks among the most familiar ancient philosophers, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle. In addition to writing philosophical dialogues ― used to teach logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion, and mathematics as well as philosophy ― he founded Athens' Academy, the Western world's first institution of higher learning.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pablo493 on 9 Mar. 2012
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I have only read 'Book I' and already I feel that I've got my money's worth! The pace of the dialogues between the characters is excellent, with short, concise answers intersecting pertinent, hypothetical questions. Socrates, in particular, reminds me of one of those sarcastic, know it all people but tolerated because of their charm, intelligence and sardonic wit. You get a real sense that Plato has given us the true Socrates which lends great weight to the realism of the scene. You could, albeit the antiquated prose, put this into a modern setting; down the local pub, family barbeque, or even a prison yard! This was a pleasant suprise as I was under the impression that it was just about the subject matter, which of course, it is fundamentally but even so, Plato could have probably wrote a good story about anything.
I'm no philosophy expert(really!!) and was drawn to the book after reading the allegory of the cave which is also worth the price of the book on it's own. If you haven't read the allegory, I suggest you look it up because I promise it will enlighten you but be warned, it might even blow your mind!!
I purposely haven't mentioned the subject matter because, like I said, I've only read the first book and just wanted to emphasize the fact that if you're studying philosophy, why are you reading this? You should already have it! If you are looking for a humorous and enlightening read, then this is for you. The style of writing does take getting used to but I don't think it's as confusing as Shakespeare. Looking forward to the next nine chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malvika on 28 Aug. 2011
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The Dover Thrift edition definitely made 'The Republic' far more accessible. Whilst maintaining the depth and detail of Socrates' argument, the language is modern and simple, serving to heighten rather than detract from the content. As a student in my final year of sixth-form college, my worry was that 'The Republic' would be far beyond my abilities: definitely not the case with this edition!
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The Republic is an absolute masterpiece of literature and philosophy. Plato's style renders the reader entranced and his ease in discussing the most fundamental of topics in philosophy like justice, knowledge and leadership is only a testament to his legendary status in the plethora of the most prominent of philosophers. That, however, is very much a given when talking about the likes of Plato, so I think my time is better spent at reviewing the particular edition. The only drawback may be that it does not have the internationally agreed line numbers. However everything is absolutely perfect. The translation is magnificent, the cover art is striking and mirrors the level of esteem the actual text possesses and the price is too low to ignore. All in all a great deal. READ THIS!

PS Do not hold my pen name against me. I am a Platonist at heart. 'Aristotelean' just had a better rhythm to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dommy on 29 April 2012
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The book is fantastic! While its contents are equally as amazing, this edition of this masterpiece is not only affordable, it is beautifully edited and published. I encourage people to purchase it as the price is fantastic and the reading itself is very rewarding.
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Exactly what I wanted, the book without any academical explanations.
My daughter love it and she is happy to figure out the meaning by herself
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