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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.

(P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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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.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Great classic

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

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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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  • 05-19-11

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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