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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must
Entertaining, intellectually stimulating, a classic. Anyone who is intersted in philosophy must read this book. From the natural ethic to the ideal state, this book has it all. It is the counter-ideal to Nietzsche's Zarathustra (also a five-star must-read). This should be issued to every child at birth.
Published on 11 April 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Translation and notes - not bad Kindle Transfer - could be better
This is specifically a review of the Kindle edition.

Content-wise, the translation is amazing, and the notes are excellent - it's a highly recommended book.

Notes on the transfer to Kindle: There are some very nice touches here, like the fact that the end-noted notes are linked to wherever they occur in the text. This makes it very easy to "flip"...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Translation and notes - not bad Kindle Transfer - could be better, 15 Feb 2012
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This is specifically a review of the Kindle edition.

Content-wise, the translation is amazing, and the notes are excellent - it's a highly recommended book.

Notes on the transfer to Kindle: There are some very nice touches here, like the fact that the end-noted notes are linked to wherever they occur in the text. This makes it very easy to "flip" back and forth between notes and text. This has not been done on some other Hackett publishing Kindle transfers, so beware.

The 3 stars is because of the section referencing. Standard referencing of sections in plato looks like "554c8" - that is section 554, subsection c, line 8. In the paperback version this is easily flipped to, but the text contains the information in the margins, and is split out as above: look up section 554, then search down for subsection c.

In the kindle edition, as the section referenced aren't in the margins but incorporated into the text, it would have been useful if they had always included the letter with the section reference - in square brackets or something similar. [554c] - this would have facilitated faster lookups. It sounds like a minor point, but if you are buying this text for study purposes, you often have to flip between many sections, and having to turn pages to find the right subsection is a pain.

Still, some thought has been given to the transfer, so it's not all bad.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must, 11 April 1999
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This review is from: Republic (Paperback)
Entertaining, intellectually stimulating, a classic. Anyone who is intersted in philosophy must read this book. From the natural ethic to the ideal state, this book has it all. It is the counter-ideal to Nietzsche's Zarathustra (also a five-star must-read). This should be issued to every child at birth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE translation to buy, 1 Nov 2010
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The fact that The Republic itself is an invaluable classic work in Philosophy needs no argument. But it is available in many translations, and it's not always easy to know which one is the best one to buy, or even if it really matters. My opinion is that it does matter, and not just because certain interpretations of the text hinge on the translation of specific greek terms - general readability is also key.

This work is based on the original Grube translation, widely accepted by scholars as the best interpretation to read, and has been revised by Reeve into fantastically clear, easy to read english, whether a scholar or just a casual reader. Plato's thought is crucially preserved. There is also an excellent introduction, and a concise and clear summary of each chapter at the beginning of each.

Highly recommended - this is worth paying double the very reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophers rejoice, 25 Jan 2014
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The highest example of ancient ellenic culture and intelligence. This is a great book from back when people used to have extraordinary intelligent minds.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessity, 7 April 1999
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I would force children to read this.
Plato presents, in the form of an exteremly onesided dialogue, some of the greatest ideas ever.
Plato's Republic may seem opressive; but, he accomplished what he desired, the just state for all. The ideas presented here have lasted longer than an certain anthology of texts which is the foundation for the largest group of usurpers in the world, and I would hope that Plato's ideas outlast these others. They will. Two and a half millenia have tested Plato and Co., and they a have survived.
The material here is not inaccessible; indeed, it is well written. However, do *not* purchase this translation. Desmond Lee's translation, printed by Penguin, is far more readable. Trust me here.
For those of you who need a bit more excitement than the voyeuristic pleasure presented, it should be noted that Socrates, the princible speaker, and the respondents, happen to make frequent bad puns and jokes, as well as sexual comments, so this isn't for childre- no, wait, there are about three pages total in four hundred dealing with sex. And Socrates likes little boys.
This is superb. Anyone who never reads from it is missing a piece to the whole.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great., 3 Oct 2013
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I purchased this book as part of my university course, and despite the warning that it was close to out of stock, it arrived before the given estimate and showed only few signs of wear despite being a secondhand purchase.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good price, 3 Oct 2013
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I needed this for uni, and it was a great price. I'm always glad when I don't have to spend upwards of 20 for a book for my course.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review, 8 Jan 2013
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The book took a little while to arrive, but was as described. Would recommend to others who wish to purchase this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must, 11 April 1999
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Entertaining, intellectually stimulating, a classic. Anyone who is intersted in philosophy must read this book. From the natural ethic to the ideal state, this book has it all. It is the counter-ideal to Nietzsche's Zarathustra (also a five-star must-read). This should be issued to every child at birth.
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