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Alexandre

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  • The Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    Alnia Perpoz says: "Jowett's 1894 translation"
    "Jowett's 1894 translation"
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    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.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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