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Six Great Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, the Republic

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Plato's Dialogues rank among Western civilization's most important and influential philosophical works. With Socrates as the central disputant in a series of arguments, they probe a broad range of enduringly relevant issues. All 6 of these works feature authoritative translations by the distinguished classical scholar Benjamin Jowett.
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Published December 27th 2010 by (first published -380)
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The Apology
In my mind only enjoyable read in terms of a philosophical piece of art rather than a source of any kind of historicity. Why? Firstly because of my own bias against second hand accounts, really what the text accomplishes for me is a yearning to read what Socrates would have written of the event had the pen been in his hand. Secondly because I struggle with anything where authenticity relies more on plausibility rather than certainty. Plato may have been quoting Socrates verbatim, or h
Justin Mitchell
Granted, Plato sort of got the whole philosophy ball rolling, so it is important to read him, but I found nothing in these dialogues that I could effectively apply to my life in any way. When he doesnt sound like a halfwit he sounds like a fascist. Also, his Socrates has got to be the most passive aggressive human being Ive ever encountered in writing. Oh, now I know NOTHING...but let me explain to you why youre stupid. But dont worry- Ill be nice about it! In general, reading him is a struggle, ...more
Timothy Wood
Picked up for 8 euro making it a great value. There is a little introduction, but besides that it is just text, with occasional notes. Plato isn't the easiest to read, but if you are unsure whether you will like his stuff I highly recommend this book. In comparison, Pelican's published version of only Plato's Republic will run you about 10-13 euros. So grab a copy of this one instead.
Kevin Kizer
Haven't read this since my college Philosophy days. Still interesting, but a bit tedious at some points.
Catherine Invancouver
Found this a little hard to read but stick with it as its really interesting!
Luciana Cavallaro
A useful source for students of philosophy and politics.
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(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: أفلاطون)
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 philosophy and science.

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“How singular is the thing called pleasure, and how curiously related to pain, which might be thought to be the opposite of it; for they never come to a man together, and yet he who pursues either of them is generally compelled to take the other. They are two, and yet they grow together out of one head or stem; and I can not help thinking that if Aesop had noticed them, he would have made a fable about God trying to reconcile their strife, and when he could not, he fastened their heads together; and this is the reason why when one comes the other follows, as I find in my own case pleasure comes following after the pain in my leg which was caused by the chain.” 0 likes
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