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The Republic and Other Works

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A compilation of the essential works of Plato in one volume: The Republic, The Symposium, Parmenides, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo.
Hardcover, 569 pages
Published 1959 by International Collectors Library, Garden City, New York
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There's a cave, and then there are philosopher kings and all the poets have been exiled because they are seriously dangerous to society. What else do you really need to know or to make you feel like you should be king if you're an undergrad philosophy major?
David Dent
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I actually read this some time ago. I read The Republic, The Symposium and started Parmenides, but then stopped. I did not continue on to finish Parmenides or move on to Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, or Phaedo, but was already familiar with summaries of those works from conversations, discussions, and the fairly common summary knowledge of the details of Socrates' death. The Republic is a great read for any political junkie and philosophy geek. It provides the true source of much of what the F ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Republic" and "The Symposium" are accompanied with the four dialogues dealing with the period of Socrates' trial and execution ("Euthyphro", "Apology", "Crito" and "Phaedo") making for a collection of what are probably Plato's most often read dialogues, and there's a reason for their popularity - their readability. Plato's philosophizing in these can range from the sublime to the ridiculous, but it's always an entertaining read.

I have to quibble with the decision to include "Parmenides", wh
Pavel Panchekha
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well worth reading—this is the foundational work of Western philosophy. Plato raises great questions on how to structure a State, on the correct constitution of a person, and on the various types of government and the people they reflect. That said, viewed as an actual philosophical tome, Plato's Republic often resorts to fanciful and flighty arguments. Reading Plato is a fascinating look into pre-Aristotilian logic, as arguments by analogy and grand claims stated and believed as fact are common ...more
LeeAnn *the crazy, hell on wheels crip*
i found this book very interesting. the "conversational" type of writing was contained in the whole work. i really liked listening to it because it seemed to be easier to catch on. there were so many sub-topics about what Plato desired in His own State. each person would perform their trade as they were trained, there would be training for males - sports and academics. religions as well as sciences -

there was one part that blew my mind though, dealing with family! parents would not know or rais
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is a very good reason that this book has survived the centuries, despite its abuses and neglects. It is not as many would expect: a dusty old volume on the brink of death. Rather, it is a living work that speaks directly concerning humanity in every culture and every time.
While much has changed in the world since this writing's conception, human nature has not, nor have the institutions which humanity builds.
This of Plato's works MUST be fed to the next generation, administered as a stapl
Joshua Mark
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jowett's translation was the first Plato I ever read and is still among my favorites (in the case of some dialogues, actually, still my favorite). The characters are sharply crafted as Jowett seemed to have a very clear sense of what Plato - a former playwright and poet - was trying to do in his philosophical dialogues: create the same sort of dramatic experience for an audience that theatre tried, and still tries, to do. We understand what Plato's trying to tell us by participating in the dialo ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shea and I read books 6 and 7 of the Republic together as a part of our history of ethics study. As I remembered from my last read, The Republic was readable and interesting, but not useful for understanding the world, as it didn't seem based on any observations. I was reminded of how Platonic Christianity is (and it was fun to talk to Shea--who was raised a secular Jew--about this), and I did get some insight into some behavior I've witnessed. Overall fun, but not all that useful.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book to read the chapter on democracy, and how democracy turns to tyranny, and the rise of the tyrant. Very enlightening stuff; Plato seems to have perfectly predicted Obama 2,500 years ago.
Michael Avery
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Justice wins! The results are in. Socrates successfully argues that the just life is better and happier than the unjust one.
Pierre Corneille
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This translation is quite readable, although Socrates' poor interlocutors hardly ever seem to be able to get a word in edgewise in these so-called "dialogues."

JR Snow
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a slightly different edition of platos works. I had to read most of this for my Ancient Philosophy Class at RBC
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political-theory
This book is the basis for the government of the Catholic church and sets up a model of framework for communist governance
Daniel Mattox
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Socrates the noblest of men. A journey in philosophy and the spirit of humanity. Alas, Socrates. The world is at a loss.
Christøpher Es
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Shelves: study
Lent to ACP.
Greg Blankenbehler
An immensely important work. The starting point of philosophical thought. Once you learn about Plato's "forms" and his related "divided line" and "cave" you never look at things the same.
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(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: أفلاطون) (Alternate Spelling: Platón, Platone)
Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosoph
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