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The Republic: The Influential Classic - Community Reviews back

by Plato, Tom Butler-Bowdon
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mattries37315
mattries37315 rated it 2 years ago
The writings of Plato have been one of the cornerstones of Western thought for two and a half millennia used for both secular and religious purposes, sometimes not as he intended. Republic is one, if not the, most famous piece of Plato’s philosophical/political writings and the translation by Robin...
Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it 3 years ago
This is clearly one of the best books ever written. Many times I've started reading it but never could get in to it. This is the first time I actually tried listening to it instead of reading it, and now I realize that this book was meant to be listened to not read. I suspect it is a very good trans...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Sometimes I wonder if people give this book five stars because it is either a) written by Plato, or b) if you don't give it five stars then you are afraid that people will think that you are some semi-literate mindless cretin whose reading capacity tends to extend little beyond the Harry Potter and ...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it 6 years ago
The poetry and luminosity of this work sets a precedent for me for the dangers of poetry in politics. I have found many of the images in The Republic enduringly beautiful and compelling (especially the Cave) but think about it! What could be more elitist and reactionary than Platonism and its essent...
ybrikman
ybrikman rated it 7 years ago
This book has some brilliant/famous parts, but it's mostly just a guy eloquently agreeing with himself. The allegory of the cave is terrific. The basic concept of a Socratic Dialogue is fascinating: far easier to read and follow than the typical philosophical prose, but also comical in some ways, at...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 7 years ago
Arguably this is the greatest work of philosophy ever written and it is pretty clearly one of the most important books of all time. It comes the closest to summing up all of Plato`s philosophy in one place.All of Plato`s works are dialogues with the main character usually being Socrates. The first...
janeg
janeg rated it 7 years ago
"Homer is dear to me, but truth is dearer."
Emily May (The Book Geek)
Emily May (The Book Geek) rated it 8 years ago
My re-reading of this for my university course has led me to the same conclusions I found when I first read it a couple of years back, except this time I am fortunate enough to have understood it better than last time. My conclusions being that Plato, and through him Socrates, was very intelligent, ...
Cassandra Reads
Cassandra Reads rated it 8 years ago
I'm strangely amazed that I finished this book today. I wasn't sure that I would. I've been listening to this audio book for a week. Now that I'm done with it, I don't really know what to say in my review. Although I have several pages of notes on various parts of this book, I think I'm going to do ...
Edward
Edward rated it 8 years ago
IntroductionFurther ReadingNote on the TranslationTranslator's Acknowledgements--The RepublicNotesReferences and Sources
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