The central work of one of the West's greatest philosophers, The Republic of Plato is a masterpiece of insight and feeling, the finest of the Socratic dialogues, and one of the great books of Western culture. Now Robin Waterfield offers a new translation of The Republic, one that captures the dramatic realism, poetic beauty, intellectual vitality, and emotional power of Plato at his height. Deftly weaving three main strands of argument into an artistic whole--the ethical and political, the aesthetic and mystical, and the metaphysical--Plato explores in The Republic the elements of the ideal community, where morality can be achieved in a balance of wisdom, courage, and restraint. But of course the dialogue is as much about our internal life as about social morality, for these vital elements must likewise work together to create harmonious human beings. Equally important, Plato achieves more than a philosophical dialogue of lasting fame and importance: The Republic is a literary masterpiece as well, presenting the philosophy with poetic power, with strikingly memorable images (the simile of the cave being the best known of Plato's unforgettable images of the human condition), carrying the reader along by the wit and intensity of the language. BOX "Waterfield's is certainly the best translation of the Republic available. It is accurate and informed by deep philosophical understanding of the text; unlike other translations it combines these virtues with an impressive ability to render Plato into English that is an varied and expressive as is Plato's Greek." --Julia Annas
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|auth_author2||Allen, Reginald E., 1931-2007.|
Lane, M. S.
Lee, H. D. P. 1908-1993,
Lindsay, A. D. 1879-1952.
Waterfield, Robin, 1952-
|author2-role||Allen, Reginald E.,1931-2007.|
Lane, M. S.
Lee, H. D. P.1908-1993,translator.|Translator
Lindsay, A. D.1879-1952.
|detailed_location_arlington||Aurora Hills Adult Nonfiction|
Central Adult Nonfiction
Shirlington Adult Nonfiction
|display_description||Toward the end of the astonishing period of Athenian creativity that furnished Western civilization with the greater part of its intellectual, artistic, and political wealth, Plato wrote The Republic, his discussion of the nature and meaning of justice and of the ideal state and its ruler. All subsequent European thinking about these subjects owes its character, directly or indirectly, to this most famous (and most accessible) of the Platonic dialogues. Although he describes a society that looks to some like the ideal human community and to others like a totalitarian nightmare, in the course of his description Plato raises enduringly relevant questions about politics, art, education, and the general conduct of life.|
321.07 PLATO 2007 2nd ed.
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|series||Everyman's library ; 98|
|series_with_volume||Everyman's library ; 98||
|subject_facet||Justice -- Early works to 1800|
Political ethics -- Early works to 1800
Political science -- Early works to 1800
Utopias -- Early works to 1800
|title_full||Republic / Plato ; translated by Robin Waterfield|
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