Republic

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OUP Oxford, Apr 17, 2008 - Political Science - 560 pages
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Republic is the central work of the Western world's most famous philosopher. Essentially an inquiry into morality, Republic also contains crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy. It is also a literary masterpiece: the philosophy is presented for the most part for the ordinary reader, who is carried along by the wit and intensity of the dialogue and by Plato's unforgettable images of the human condition. This new, lucid translation by Robin Waterfield is complemented by full explanatory notes and an up-to-date critical introduction. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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The old Greek chestnut gets a new translation by Allen, who has received kudos for his lively translation of Plato's dialogs. Students mystified by the old Cornford translation (I know I was) might find this one easier to grasp. This edition also has an intro by Allen. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Select Bibliography REPUBLIC
Convention under Attack
The Challenge to Socrates
Fundamentals of Inner Politics
Primary Education for the Guardians
The Guardians Life and Duties
Inner and Outer Morality
Philosopher Kings
The Supremacy of Good
Educating Philosopher Kings Warped Minds Warped Societies 12 Happiness and Unhappiness
Poetry and Unreality
Rewards Now and Hereafter
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Cleitophon Index of Names

Women Children and Warfare

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Robin Waterfield is a distinguished translator and author. Previously a consultant editor for Collins-Harvill, his translations of Plato include Philebus (1982), Theatetus (1987), Early Socratic Dialogues (1987), and Symposium (WC, Jan, 1994).