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The Republic of Plato [Unknown Binding]

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  • Unknown Binding: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1962)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007HE8AE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,393,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plato (c. 427-347 BC), was an Athenian philosopher-dramatist. Born into a wealthy and prominent family, he grew up during the conflict between Athens and the Peloponnesian states which engulfed the Greek world from 431 to 404 BC. Following its turbulent aftermath, he was deeply affected by the condemnation and execution of his revered master Socrates (469-399) on charges of irreligion and corrupting the young. In revulsion from political activity, Plato devoted his life to the pursuit of philosophy. Plato founded the Academy, an early ancestor of the modern university, devoted to philosophical and mathematical enquiry, and to the education of future rulers or 'philosopher-kings'. The Academy's most celebrated member was the young Aristotle (384-322), who studied there for the last twenty years of Plato's life. Their works mark the highest peak of philosophical achievement in antiquity, and both continue to rank among the greatest philosophers of all time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 Oct 2013
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Cant believe that this book is free for kindle, just had to get it when I saw it.
Great for anyone studying social sciences
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plato's The Republic 9 Sep 2013
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The man died more than two thousand three hundred and fifty years ago and still he is making us think. I would love to ask him a few questions and he would not have it all his own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For one night only... Socrates! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Plato, what do you expect? 22 Sep 2013
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Socrates at his best as recalled by Plato. This particular translation is easy to read and understand and if you like Plato, it's like reading a comic - easy and time passing. A free book it may be but excellent none the less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 16 April 2013
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I think that Plato's Republic has to be one of the best works that Plato ever wrote. It could be said that it is the founding principals of modern day society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Free and Good! 22 July 2014
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I do not know the original Greek, but this is a good translation and well formatted for the kindle. It even comes with a lengthy introduction (almost half the book), though this I have not read and thus can't pass comment on. This is all the more astounding given that it is free.

I assume most people looking for the Republic will have an idea what they are getting, but I will say that reading this proved to me that in order to understand a great thinker one must read his own words. Others' accounts are, as I think Plato would say, but shadows of the original.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with purchase 7 July 2014
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Bought this for a friend, they are well pleased with it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent starter to philosophy.
Published 1 month ago by mr gary sharp
3.0 out of 5 stars Downloaded
I downloaded this for free to try out my new Kindle, and it looks good on the e-reader. Haven't read the book yet!
Published 1 month ago by L.BobbyG.-S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Plato
Reading Plato may be informative, but you have got to admit he is an ancient bore! It may be true that the idealised republic is a philosophers device but God forbid it ever came... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Esential reading
This is a must read for everyone it gives a depth to all knowledge and understanding. The classics are sadly underated
Published 4 months ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace
Needed this book for my studies saw it for free on kindle and with all kindle purchases stress free winner !!!!
Published 6 months ago by mark john mould
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Plato
Cleverly written and translated, makes you think about the world and how amazing it is to live and understand. Wise words but Mr. White beard himself
Published 7 months ago by Jesus
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie inspiration
Funnily enough, it was watching the movie "To End all Wars", a true-life story about WW2 British POWs in a Japanese labour camp building the Burma Railway, that inspired me to read... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Clive Tully
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for reading and money saving
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
Published 9 months ago by Mary-Therese
3.0 out of 5 stars Capricious lecturers
This is a pretty good translation, depending on who you ask. I had a copy of the republic, then needed to buy this exact translation for a specific module on my course. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ellie Tucker
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