Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

...received under the category of “commentary” rather than “interpretation.” And while that would not hallow what I have provided here, it would certainly authorize it. We do not live in such an age, however; and so a warrant of a different sort is required, one that vindicates a project such as this one on more imaginable grounds. “Commentaries,” which...

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A Note on the Translation

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pp. xv-xviii

...William C. Scott, which is itself in no small part a compilation of earlier translations. It should hardly require mention that the art of translation is a difficult one. At one extreme, a translation may provide a literal rendition of the text, missing much of its spirit; at the other, a version that aims at conveying a work’s spirit may fall prey...

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Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-20

...it possibly be true that reason is necessary to save us? As a fantastic artifice we may perhaps be entertained by this bald assertion, but to understand it as something more useful requires resources that we scarcely possess. Why this is so, and what those resources might be, is the question that concerns me here. Wishing to defer for a time even more vexing...

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Chapter 2 PLATO’S FABLE

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pp. 21-166

...Plato’s fable about the nature of justice begins and ends with a stipulation about ‘rendering each its due,’ about what is proper to each. The burden of my early discussion concerns the deepening of our understanding of this formulation that justice entails “rendering each its due” as the fable of...

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Chapter 3 CONCLUSION

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pp. 167-194

...So let us recite, then, this fable that is appropriate for the young, which we have inherited from our liberal fathers. Our genealogy, so it begins, is marked by two distinct epochs. The first corresponds to a past that is either rapidly receding from view or irretrievably lost and that is known to us through the recorded deeds of men...

Bibliography

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pp. 195-202

Index

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pp. 203-208