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The Politics (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 26 Feb 2009
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Stalley...has...subjected the actual translation to `some fairly drastic revision'...the result is much greater clarity when it comes to both the Greek text and to exegesis of that text. The end-product is a most distinguished contribution to a collection whose prices seem to defy an economic return but I'm not complaining. (Greece and Rome Reviews 42)
Barker's translation has been given new life. (Polis)
The Politics is one of the most influential texts in the history of political thought, and it raises issues which still confront anyone who wants to think seriously about the ways in which human societies are organized and governed. The work of one of the world's greatest philosophers, it draws on Aristotle's own great knowledge of the political and constitutional affairs of the Greek cities. By examining the way societies are run - from households to city states - Aristotle establishes how successful constitutions can best be initiated and upheld. For this edition Sir Ernest Barker's fine translation, which has been widely used for nearly half a century, has been extensively revised to meet the needs of the modern reader. The accessible introduction and clear notes by R F Stalley examine the historical and philosophical background of the work and discuss its significance for modern political thought.See all Product description
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I can only assume that these texts have been cheaply printed by Amazon due to the absence of a standing copyright given the age of the document.
In this particular instance, one would hope that Aristotle's work, being some of the founding pillars upon which all of Western democracy and society is based, would be handled with some attentive care, and perhaps even reverence. Gosh darn, I would have settled for even a cursory second glance. Alas this is far from the case. The copy of the book I received has been published seemingly without even the most rudimentary level of interest. I'm no detective, and was actually kicked out of the academy for being 'too real', but in my amateur opinion the layout of the entire book would suggest that it was copied and pasted from a free PDF found online somewhere. The pages are printed on a weirdly slick cheap paper, the formatting is lazily done (with half sentences bleeding over onto pages and concerningly frequent chasms of blank, text-less space), and the text is printed in a draconianly miniscule font. Not to mention that the spine of the book is completely sparse, and devoid of any identifying marks.
My assumption is that the Amazon work experience kid was put in charge of getting this one ready for print. If this is the quality of his work, I sincerely hope he was politely asked to leave and never return on his second or third day. I also hope that he had to walk home in shame and awkwardly tell his parents that he was fired from an unpaid work experience role for making an absolute mess of a very basic formatting task.
If you're buying this book, heed my warning: "Do not buy the cheap Amazon option. Pay a bit more and get the Penguin Classics edition instead. Also check your privates once a week for any signs of potentially cancerous lumps"
Two stars because it arrived quickly.
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