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The trial and condemnation of Socrates on charges of heresy and corrupting young minds is a defining moment in the history of Classical Athens. In tracing these events through four dialogues, Plato also developed his own philosophy, based on Socrates' manifesto for a life guided by self-responsibility. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the court-house, debating the nature o ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 167 pages
Published February 1st 1969 by Penguin Classics (first published -400)
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David
Jun 12, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all thinkers
When he was tried, convicted and ordered to death in 399 B.C.E., Socrates was already seventy years old: he had lived through the imperialistic spread of Athenian democracy and culture under Pericles, twenty-five years of first cold and then heated war with Sparta, the defeat of Athens in 404 B.C.E., the short-lived oligarchy imposed on that city by the Spartans, and finally the reestablishment of democracy in his homeland. During all of that time, the former bricklayer was known for practicing ...more
Shivam Chaturvedi
Somebody should tell Jon Snow to read this book. Poor guy, Ygritte wouldn't stop giving him hell. "You know nothing, Jon Snow" says she, all the time.

If only Jon would read Socrates, he would have the greatest of retorts, the greatest of Socrates' teachings as his come back.

"The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing."


Take that Ygritte!

PS - Here is some mindbogglingly brilliant analysis of the famous painting on Socrates's death by Jacques Louis David
http://aeon.co/video/culture/t
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Rowena
Apr 22, 2013 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, ebook
I was a bit wary going in but I was pleasantly surprised that this book wasn't as difficult to understand as I'd expected it to be.

The edition I read covered three dialogues about Socrates (Apologia, Crito and Phaedo), who was tried for supposedly corrupting the youth of Athens as well as for encouraging worship of gods not recognized by the State. I've always heard that Socrates was a powerful orator and the way he defended himself in front of the court proves that. Even when he was sentenced t
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Pooya Kiani
Sep 03, 2015 Pooya Kiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دربارهی سقراط و سوبژکتیویتهی زیستنش که بهتره اهل فلسفه نظر بدن. من اما میخوام از لذت اعتماد بگم. اعتماد به بانو لیلی گلستان و نشر محترم مرکز، که وقتی کنار هم قرار میگیرن آدم با خاطر آسوده، آسوده از مسئولیتپذیری و حقیقتپرستیشون، اثر رو تهیه میکنه و بلافاصله شروع میکنه به خوندن. چیز کمارزشی نیست. واقعا باید قدر اینجور اتفاقها و این قبیل افراد رو دونست. ...more
Jeremy
Jul 19, 2014 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I wish I had read these 4 dialogues before they made us work through The Republic back in school. Plato can seem so distant and archiac so much of the time, but here there is an actual sense of human urgency: Socrates is about to die. A lot of times the dialogues feel completely neutered from any real world concern, you just see these people walking around, having their abstract little discussions as Socrates schools them all. But here you see those discussions finally grounded by a frank acknow ...more
Trevor
Jul 07, 2007 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: philosophy
The world needs a superhero.

The name of that superhero is Socrates.

What do you mean you've never read this book - what the hell are you waiting for?
Ken Moten
Since I have individually reviewed each dialogue concerning their content I will be personal here. I obviously enjoyed reading these dialogues. I was not only enlightened by them, but moved as well in certain parts, more by Socrates' friends than the man himself. This really should be the jumping off point for anyone interested in philosophy because it sets the tone and you can compare every strand of philosophy after it against it. Plato did not create [western] philosophy, obviously, but he su ...more
Daniel Silveyra
Socrates is a little bit like Superman. As a young man, both are very appealing for their heroism and pristine behavior. As one ages, however, they begin to dissatisfy - there is no way these people could be real.

This is obviously due to Plato's portrayal of the man, an homage so complete that Socrates becomes pure ideal and ceases to be human. He stands for intellectual honesty and curiosity, morality and justice, without any compromise.

This book is about as good an example of that as possible,
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Liz BooksandStuff
Jun 06, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Some times I disagree with the philosophical standing of Plato, other times, I love his works. Particularly this one (or the four combined), depicting the last days of Socrates, mostly arguing for the soul as an immortal constant, referring to form as unchanging and eternal, the common reference to non-empirical knowledge, the difference between the incorporeal and corporeal, and the nature of the soul . I am not going into any detail about these things, because I do not have the background requ ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
روایتی از محاکمه «سقراط» است در سه بخش: «اوتیفرون یا در باره ی تقدس»، «دفاعیه ی سقراط»، و «کریتون یا وظیفه ی شهروندی». بانوی مترجم، نسخه فرانسه کتاب «محاکمه سقراط» نوشته «افلاطون» را ترجمه کرده اند. ا. شربیانی
Samara
Apr 05, 2012 Samara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Ok, classic texts with amazing and mind boggling philosophical discussions...

But I couldn't help but notice how much Sherlock Holmes was based on Socrates. The more I read, the more I concluded that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was at least somewhat inspired by the great, but annoying philosopher who sarcastically proved that everyone around him was an idiot and his best friend who recorded all the stories. Further evidence, Doyle paraphrases Plato.

After Socrates' forced suicide: "Such was the end of
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Julenew
Jun 10, 2009 Julenew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that are beyond "liking" or "not liking." They exist on a completely different plain than the rest of literature. This is one of those books. You don't read "The Trial and Death of Socrates" to be entertained; whether you like it or not is completely immaterial. By reading it, you gain an appreciation for one of the greatest thinkers of all time, and a valuable window into the soul of humankind.

How can one possibly quanitfy and encapsulate that into three, four, or five star
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Alex
You know, Socrates was kindof a dick.
Lucy Phelan
Jun 17, 2013 Lucy Phelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The portrayal of Socrates is so insightful, you can imagine being in Ancient Greece and having that terribly repetitive conversation with him. Plato has really captured the essence of his mentor and I find that absolutely astounding, more so, I feel compelled to read up about Socrates every time. To my amazement, his portrayal hasn't only bought Socrates to life but it has made him immortal, for thousands of years he has been living in this fantastically written piece of literature spreading his ...more
Eric
Mar 02, 2011 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When your Introduction to Philosophy (or to Humanities, or to Rhetoric, or to...) course had you read this your first semester of college, it was presented as the origins of Western thought. With all that reverence paid, reading it a decade and a half later, I either didn't remember or didn't understand that "The Apology" is downright funny. Socrates is a man daring a court to put him to death and he is very keen on putting them in their place.

Alas, the other dialogues aren't nearly as engaging,
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Bram
Dec 18, 2009 Bram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Euthyphro: Tricky. May need to reread this one a couple times.

Apology: Here we get an impassioned plea for intellectual freedom plus the promotion of ethical and civil disobedience. Great stuff.

Crito: A little too much law and authority worship.

Phaedo: This is the ultimate existential dialogue. Plato's Socrates makes death seem even more enticing than do the monotheists (who seem to have taken a good deal from Plato). I find it easy to like a work that relates such optimism about immortality.
David Sarkies
Apr 16, 2014 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Wisdom
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: philosophy
Thoughts from Socrates' trial and execution
13 October 2012

While I have written commentaries on collections before I have since tried to steer away from doing that to instead write about the individual pieces contained therein. Okay, in one way it does help to bump up the number of books on my shelf, but then again that is somewhat irrelevant (It's not as if I win a prize if I have the most books on my shelf, or the most reviews). Generally I find it better to comment on the individual pieces be
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Tony
Aug 10, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF SOCRATES. (this ed. 1972) Plato. ****.
This work, although in a different version, was required reading for my first humanities course in college in 1957. Yes, there were colleges back then, and Plato was not one of my classmates. At the time, I’m not sure that I fully understood what I was reading, but made sure that I understood enough to pass any quiz – announced or unannounced. On re-reading it, I came to the realization that Socrates was not a philosopher. He was
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Tan Yi Han
Jun 23, 2012 Tan Yi Han rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still on the last chapter (Phaedo), but I've run out of time. Have to return the book. So let me review based on the first 3 chapters.

This book uses a very original style of writing to give readers an inside look into the life and wisdom of Socrates in his last days.

Socrates liked to examine people. But he wasn't concerned about their appearance. He liked to examine people who thought themselves wise/clever and see if they really are.

His tool? A method of argument called the elenchus. Unlik
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theduckthief
“Such was the end of our friend, Socrates, a man who, we would say, was the best of all those we've experienced and, generally speaking, the wisest and the most just."

This book is a collection of four dialogues about the last days of the philosopher, Socrates. Through them readers get to know Socrates, his friends and the people who condemned him. The philosophical arguments presented are both straightforward and complex. They address issues of death, the immortality of the soul and the purpose
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Amir
Mar 04, 2016 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب از سه بخش تشکیل شده که بخش اول و سوم مربوط به مکالمات سقراط با اوتیفرون و کریتون هست. بخش دوم نیز شامل دفاعیات سقراط در دادگاه هست.
فصل مشترک تمامی بخشها سقراط هست که نظریات خود را بیان میکند. من بخش سوم رو که بیشتر بخشهای آن مونولوگ بود دوست داشتم. سقراط فیلسوفی بوده که در طول محاکمه هیچ وقت به فکر خود نبوده و به هیچ وجه بخاطر حفظ جان خودش دفاعیاتش رو انجام نمیده بلکه حرفهایی که میزنه در دفاع از آرمانهاش بوده است.
اونطور که در دفاعیات گفته میشه کسانی که سقراط رو محکوم کردهاند بخاطر کینه از آ
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Sara Kamjou
Mar 04, 2016 Sara Kamjou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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محاکمه سقراط و خواندن مکالمات سقراط شبیه تماشای بازی شطرنج است. به جز قسمتهایی که حالت سخنرانی به خود میگرفت، بخشهای گفتگومحور را دوست داشتم.
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Becky Pliego
I liked it much more than I expected, and I liked Socrates as a character very much.

If I could make any wish at this moment, I would wish to see and hear Socrates and Saint Paul having a beer together and discussing all things that pertain to life and the life to come. Especially, because I would like to see what face Socrates would make when he'd find himself with no more questions to ask and facing Truth itself in the Gospel presented by Paul.
hayden
Socrates (invariably Plato) tends to meander more than I can appreciate, but I was still intrigued by the ideas he offered.
É F.K. O'Conghaile
I learned and felt some things by reading this. It stuns me still that one can so logically embrace death, and have such sound and sensible reasoning for that acceptance. While mostly understandable, and contextually appropriate, I still had trouble not feeling sad at such a loss, similar as his close friends did. Of course, for many important people, figures, and ideas throughout history, their paths seems set either to become martyrs or lifelong ideological despots.

In my reading I found that S
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Kevin K
Feb 12, 2016 Kevin K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Phaedo in particular is a work of great power, describing the last hours and death of Socrates.
For those who wish to enjoy this as an audiobook, I highly recommend the librivox version by Bob Neufeld. Bob is an older man, and surely the best voice of Socrates ever!
Besides the pathos of the situation, and the courage and good humor Socrates shows in the face of death, Phaedo gives Plato's arguments for the immortality of the soul, and describes Socrates' ideas about the nature of the universe an
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Trudy
Jan 18, 2009 Trudy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this little booklet. It is the third time I've read it and each time I find something new to contemplate. I whole heartedly agree with Socrates, "I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living" (39)
Mehwish Mughal
What have I just finished reading? A masterpiece? No, more than that - much more than that!
An experience so exhilarating that I am left with no words. Perhaps, what I am feeling now surpasses description!

You must read it, to experience it!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Zahra Rashidian
Jan 17, 2016 Zahra Rashidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
واقعا افلاطون خیلی خفنه.
هر بار خوندن رساله هاش دوباره و دوباره به این نتیجه میرسم!
Greta Faith
Jun 09, 2016 Greta Faith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Is there a rating lower than one star??
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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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