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In this monumental work of moral and political philosophy, Plato sought to answer some of the world's most formidable questions: What does it mean to be good? What enables us to distinguish between right and wrong? How should human virtues be translated into a just society? Perhaps the greatest single treatise written on political philosophy, The Republic has strongly influenced Western thought concerning questions of justice, rule, obedience, and the good life.

This work is also undoubtedly the best introduction to Plato's philosophy in general. Not only does it contain his ideas on the state and man, but also his famous theory of forms, his theory of knowledge, and his views on the role of music and poetry in society.

Public Domain (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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a brilliant classic that everyone should know

loved it so incredibly that a book like this was written so long ago and so many of the ideas they discussed are so relevant today in the way we shape our society, narrater is good but flat at times.

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  • Alnia Perpoz
  • 16-10-2009

Jowett's 1894 translation

I am quite deep into this version, having read large parts of the Republic in other translations. Translations do matter for Plato, as the translators introduce their own biases into the result.

This is the 1894 translation by Bejamin Jowett, Oxford theologian and classical scholar, and seems particularly sympathetic to harmonizing Plato and Christianity. This of course is an old tradition, but its use of Christian concepts seems a bit heavyhanded nowadays. Nevertheless, the translation itself is considered by some an English language classic.

But that is a minor point. The book is a major foundation stone of Western civilization.

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  • Yas
  • 28-01-2021

Monumental

This is the Key most work by Plato & must read for all who lead or aspire to lead people in all facet of life.

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  • Leo
  • 12-06-2015

Great classic

Great classic providing great experience. Entertaining and instructing.. Clear speech. Highly recommend to all from whatever age.

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  • steve
  • 19-05-2011

A good listen

I loved the book in college and the audio book is even better. Great narration too! Hard to believe this book, which is still so relevant today, was written that long ago.

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  • Branden Harris
  • 23-02-2021

plato is king as usual

better version of this discussion on scribd. either way, find a version that works for you and soak in some plato. you cannot go wrong in doing so friend

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  • Joshua Jones
  • 23-12-2020

Outstanding

Having been years since I've read this, I have forgotten its weight in gold. Parts tgat struck me most was how society should recieve music was enlightening, on so many levels. To birth and raising children, Socrates eerily is hint at the false science of eugenics, or genetics. To how accurate archtype personalites are in different governing systems, espically today reguardless of our tech. advances some 2395 years later, it couldnt be anymore accurate to politics and policy across the world in the last 300 years. This should be taught or at least read by everyone at a young age!

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  • David
  • 08-05-2018

Platon in English - well read version of a classic

it is a very good rendition of one of the best books ever written. Recommended for anyone who knows English and has an open mind. the book is not about a system of government, as many think, but it is an allegory for the structure and nature of the human psyche.

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  • Eran Gal
  • 18-10-2011

Beatiful and true after thousands of years

It is amazing how little humanity has changes in all this time. A must reading to understand our nature.

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