THE REPUBLIC OF PLATO FRANCIS MACDONALD CORNFORD PDF

Start your review of The Republic of Plato Write a review Aug 15, Benj rated it liked it I found this interesting, but in the end quite annoying. Writing as Socrates, Plato initiates a discussion on Justice. A couple of his companions offer definitions, which he destroys by taking one element of their argument, extending it to an absurd conclusion and using this to conclude that the whole thesis is wrong. He then starts to build his own definition of Justice by first imagining a perfect state I suspect that the Greek idea of justice is somewhat wider than ours. This is a regimented I found this interesting, but in the end quite annoying.

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This new, lucid translation is complemented by full explanatory notes and an up-to-date critical introduction. Excerpt This version aims at conveying to the English reader as much as possible of the thought of the Republic in the most convenient and least misleading form. I have, accordingly, taken certain liberties, which it is reasonable to suppose that Plato would have sanctioned in an edition prepared for the modern press. The dialogue falls naturally into six main parts, and these I have subdivided, where minor breaks occur, into forty chapters.

The notes prefixed to the chapters are designed to hold the thread of the argument and to explain matters which Plato could take for granted as within the common knowledge of his readers. The sole purpose is to bring out what Plato meant, not to attack or defend his opinions. These are better left to the judgement of the reader.

For sympathetic and more detailed interpretation, the best guide known to me is R. In Plato To-day Mr. Crossman has made a lively and provocative experiment in confronting Plato with the political problems of the present day.

Some authors can be translated almost word for word. In brief, the answer is that in many places the effect in English is misleading, or tedious, or grotesque and silly, or pompous and verbose. Since no scholar would apply most of these epithets to the original, there must be something wrong with the current practice of translators.

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