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Five Great Dialogues

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,489 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
The second edition of Five Dialogues presents G. M. A. Grube's distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with an updated bibliography.
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Feb 16, 2011 Grah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who wouldn't love a series of dialogs from a smartass who walked around Athens asking people irritating questions until they finally decided to kill him? In all seriousness though, what I really identified with in this book is not so much the actual philosophy of Socrates, but his insistence on making people think about their beliefs and opinions.
İş Bankası hasan Ali Yücel Klasikler dizisinin Platon çevirilerini böylece tamamlamış oldum. Aristoteles'in Atinalıların Devleti de dahil olmak üzere hepsi çok akıcı ve başarılı çeviriler. Kitapta, Sokrates'in Savunması esas olmak üzere eklenen diğer diyaloglarla -kronolojik?- bir bütünlük oluşturulmuş. Şöyle ki hakkında dava açılan Sokrates, bu meseleyi görüşmek için gittiği adliyede Euthyphron ile karşılaşır ve aralarındaki diyalog din ve dindarlık meselesi üzerine şekillenir. Bundan sonra sav ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Yasemin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Öğrencisi Platon tarafından kaleme alınan bir eser. Sokrates M.Ö. 400'lü yıllarda yaşamıştır. O dönemde Yunan şehrinin Tanrılarına inanmamak, yerine başka başka Tanrılar koymak ve bu şekilde gençliğe kötü örnek olmakla suçlanmıştır. Ölüme mahkum edilen Sokrates, ölmeden evvel açılan davada kendi savunmasını yapmış ve Platon o öldükten sonra bu eseri yayınlamış.

Sokrates, ahlak felsefesinin temelini atmış bir filozoftur döneminde. Ve bu eserde bu anlamda ciddi bir kaynak niteliğindedir. İnsanın ön
May 26, 2009 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviews
Dialogues taken from around the time of Socrates' death. I picked up this book wanting to understand more about the thinking of Socrates and the progressions of logical thought. My only previous introduction to "the Socratic Method" was from pop culture references and its abysmal application in public education.

Apology, Crito and Phaedo all center upon Socrates' trial, personal philosophy and final conversation (respectively) and, while interesting from an academic point of view, I did not find
Apr 10, 2013 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These dialogues contain the core concepts of Platonic philosophy and serve as a good introduction to the legacy of Socrates and philosophy in the golden age of Greece. I've read these dialogues probably a dozen times in my life and discover something new with each read.
Jan 05, 2016 Kozmosevren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...Her tehlike türü için ölümden sakınmanın birçok farklı yolu vardır, yeter ki tehlikede olan kişi her şeyi söyleyecek ve her şeyi yapacak kadar utanmaz olsun. Ancak beyler dikkat edin: Ölümden sakınmak o kadar zor değildir, zor olan kötülükten sakınmaktır, çünkü kötülük ölümden daha hızlı koşar. Yaşlı ve ağır olan ben, ağır hareket eden ölüme yenildim, hızlı ve kötü olan suçlayıcılarım daha hızlı olan kötülüğe yenildiler. Şimdi ben, sizler tarafından ölüme mahkum edilerek buradan ayrılırken, ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read three out of five dialogues (Apology, Crito, Meno). All three dialogues were profoundly beautifully written, but Apology affected me the most. It made me question my principles that were supposed to be unwavering and eternal. If anyone can make death seem graceful, it's Socrates. It also made me angry. How can a man act so calmly and almost insouciantly when incompetent & subjective men play God with his life? I almost felt offended that a man so hungry for knowledge didn't truly real ...more
Apr 05, 2009 El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first of the dialogues Euthyphro and Socrates try to discuss and define allegiance. Euthyphro charges his father of murder of one of his workers; as Socrates is also being charged with impiety he hopes to learn a thing or two from Euthyphro in hopes that he can use it in his own trial.

Apology is Plato's version of Socrates's speech at his trial in his own defense (he allegedly had a thing for creating a whole bunch of new deities without worshiping or believing in the gods everyone else d

I remember having to read this for a Philosophy course. I'm not sure if I ever finished it, but I recall it being interesting and thought-provoking.
John Yelverton
Mar 14, 2012 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for those who want to understand how the world continues to work to this very day.
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Jun 29, 2010 Roof Beam Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Plato’s Five Dialogues includes essays which recount the days leading up to Socrates’ trial for “corrupting the youths of Athens”, as well as Socrates’ defense (apologia) to the jury, and his final conversation with his closest friends before his induced suicide by hemlock. The essays are an exploration of the man and his methods, as well as an historical account by Plato of the time period and its dangers (during the transition from oligarchy to democracy there was a tension between the
Jan 22, 2011 Si rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Abdurrahman Turk
Teknolojinin gelişmesiyle dünyayı ve evreni daha iyi anlıyoruz, eğitim sistemi gelişiyor, toplum olma bilinci artıyor ve sözde modernleşiyoruz. Ancak geçmişte de günümüzde de insanoğlu çok faklı değil. M.Ö 400'lerde yaşamış ya da MS 2000lerde de yaşıyor olsanız bile hala düşünce suçuyla yargılanıp cezalandırılıyorsunuz. Geçen 2400 yılda değişen birşey yok!
Oct 13, 2015 Canan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
he did that
Cameron Davis
Jul 27, 2014 Cameron Davis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Plato's writing is "beautiful" in contrast to other philosophers' like Kant's, as my Greek Philosophy professor put it. Euthyphro and Meno were particularly interesting. Although I think Socrates' ideas are full of inconsistencies and reflect a rather primitive understanding of psychology, knowledge, learning, and virtue, the questions Socrates asks are extremely interesting and thought-provoking even though I find many of his answers to be pretty clearly wrong.
Robert Sheard
I'm not sure how one "rates" Plato, and by extension, Socrates, but this gave me a headache. I can follow the logical chains in the dialogues, but I'm bothered by the unstated assumptions behind some of them. For example, in Phaedo, there's a long argument/proof explaining how Socrates "knows" that the soul exists separately from the body and that it exists both before the body and after it. He spends an inordinate amount of time proving the before and after existence while never addressing a si ...more
Jan 22, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, philosophy
Continuing to read some Plato, jumping backward from The Republic to five earlier dialogues. Again, still feeling my way, so not a lot of profound insights to offer. What lingers is the robust defense of philosophy as a way of life,especially in the Apologia and Phaedo; the introduction in Meno of the frankly goofy notion that all knowledge is actually a form of remembering; and the interesting way in which Plato's argument for the immortality of the soul in Phaedo is based on a variety of unque ...more
Alireza Behzadnia
I couldn't possibly give anything less than five stars to anything written by Plato. These five dialogues form the fundamental gateway to the Socratic method. They form the basis of Plato's philosophy.

I have read them before and I don't think I'd ever get tired of reading them again and again. It's amusing how they never get old. They seem to always have some hidden treasure that is to be discovered only by revisiting them.

The topics of discussions are:
Euthyphro - Piety and holiness,
Nov 09, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plato is brilliant - he blows my mind. I love that I can read these texts over and over again and still get something new out of each read. With the exception of (maybe) the Republic, the Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo are my favorite Platonic masterpieces.
Jun 26, 2008 Khristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have a hard time rating the works of Plato...and as for reviewing them, well it would take a lifetime to do so.
Engin Erdin
Feb 28, 2015 Engin Erdin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ve işte çağdaşlarının en iyisi, en doğrusu ve en adili olduğunu söyleyebileceğimiz insanın sonu böyle oldu.
Dec 30, 2014 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Found guilty of corrupting the youth, Socrates was asked (as was customary in Athenian courts) what his punishment should be. His reply? That he should be celebrated like an Olympic athlete and treated to free food and lodging for life, all for his service to strengthening Athens by pointing out its citizen's ignorance. He was swiftly condemned to
Emily Stack
Apr 16, 2013 Emily Stack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. Pushes your brain and really makes you think.
Ahmad Sharabiani
پنج گفتگو
Euthyphro / Apology / Crito / Meno / Phaedo
Eric Barger
Jun 07, 2013 Eric Barger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's Plato. Enough said...
Apr 01, 2015 Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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You should know that my ratings aren't objective representations of anything blbalbla.
They're me rating my totally subjective reading experience.

I thought everything was fun and games while reading Crito. I loved the brevity and social dimension to it (I discussed Crito with some others, which was a nice experience *__*). The other dialogues were ok. BUT THEN... I GOT TO FREAKING PHAEDO AND LOST MY FUCKING MIND. JUST NO. WHY DO I THINK READING NON-FICTION IN MY FREE TIME WAS A GOOD IDEA????

Iso Cambia

Where there is shame there is also fear. For is there anyone who, in feeling shame and embarrassment at anything, does not also at the same time fear and dread a reputation for wickedness (p. 17).

I prefer nothing, unless it is true (p. 21).


I am wiser than this man; it is likely that neither of us knows anything worthwhile, but he thinks he knows something when he does not, whereas when I do not know, neither do I think I know; so I am likely to be wiser than he to this small ext
May 17, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Criticizing Plato's logic is like finding fault with medieval helicopter schematics because you can't use them to produce an actual helicopter. Plato, Socrates and their cohorts were making up rhetorical forms on the fly, so it's almost beside the point to note that their arguments themselves weren't always airtight or that they spent a lot of time developing lines of thought that can't really be subjected to logical proofs. Plato is up to his usual tricks here, setting Socrates against a select ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I understand that the five Socratic dialogues presented here are are both culturally and historically significant to the development of philosophical reasoning in the western world. I get it: Socrates is a big deal and the “Socratic method” of proving hypotheses through dialectic questioning helped develop the foundation of philosophical inquiry. However, not being particularly versed in ancient Greek philosophy and thus lacking the critical reading techniques required to capably appreciate the ...more
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A Lifetime's Read...: The Dialogues 2 13 Nov 05, 2015 06:02PM  
  • Philosophy Before Socrates: An Introduction with Texts and Commentary
  • Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
  • Aristotle: Selections
  • The Ethics/Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect/Selected Letters
  • Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
  • Utilitarianism
  • Fear and Trembling/Repetition (Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 6)
  • The Birth of Tragedy/The Case of Wagner
  • Discourse on Metaphysics & Other Essays
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts
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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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