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The Republic Paperback – 22 Mar 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (22 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613820151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613820155
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've owned two translations of this book and the Lee translation is much easier to read than the Waterfield translation by virtue of keeping readers notes as footnotes rather than placing them at the back of the book and just by the general style of the English used. There are also excellent notes and diagrams about the concepts in the book which will be useful to anyone studying this book as an academic text. This book is a story but it would never make a good film as it is all talk and no action. The main discussion point is what makes the ideal society. According to Socrates (the main speaker) it would be totalitarian and undemocratic, Most people will disagree with this but it is a well argued point that shows that politicians in any age can never be anything but corrupt and challenges views that people may have about the correctness of democracy. This is more than just a book on politics. Society is also used as a metaphor for the individual and this book explores the nature of morality and living a just life as well as the nature of true goodness and true beauty. The concepts in this book are not easily grasped and it requires some re-reading but the effort pays off in the end. Some of the ideas may seem a bit obscure but this book still holds its own after two and a half thousand years.
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Describing "The Republic" in such few words is somewhat difficult, as it has so much to say. I started reading the book only a short while ago and i have enjoyed every aspect of it. It is amazing how you can relate all of the issues in the story to your own life! Please please, do take your time in reading this book, because it can be misinterpreted easily. I assure you that this book is not boring, but it is a masterpiece that should definately be read at least once in a life time!
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Is the UK an oligarchy - with its powerful banks, police, insurance companies and newspapers? Why, if democracy is so good, do so many voters distrust and dislike politicians? Is Mario Monti, the technocrat Italian prime minister in 2011/2012, the ideal kind of leader (despite his lack of popularity at home) that Socrates describes as the guardian? Will watching TV and shortening our attention spans lead to the degradation of democracy? He wrote it 2,400 years ago and much of it is controversial (particularly his distrust of democracy) but Plato's portrayal of Socrates describing the ideal republic and the ideal person is a marvellous start for an analysis of modern politics, life and discipline. It is long and can be difficult at times but most of it is illuminating, optimistic and well worth studying. It is hard to disagree with his idea wisdom leads you to the best life, and that if you make mistakes you have not reached the right level of wisdom. And could we dispute the four virtues he holds up as being the necessary ones for states and individuals - courage, discipline, justice and, of course, wisdom. A question I would ask is how the reluctant leader/guardian type would come out under the modern Myers-Briggs analysis? Are they INTJs and INTPs?
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The print copy seems excellent, however the kindle edition (which at time of writing is 25p more than the print edition) is riddled with basic formatting errors. It seems every couple of lines there is at least one space missing which is inexcusable especially as you can get another translation for free and also the Oxford edition is significantly cheaper. Would be fuming but at least I was able to return it.
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A difficult book to read and understand that I will read again after putting it aside for a time. It gave instruction in how to examine a subject in order to find its true meaning. There were parallels with the present which resulted in a change in how to view objects and how reason their value.
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