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The Complete Works of Plato

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Outstanding translations by leading contemporary scholars -- many commissioned especially for this volume -- are presented here in the first single edition to include the entire surviving corpus of works attributed to Plato in antiquity. In his introductory essay, John Cooper explains the presentation of these works, discusses questions concerning the chronology of their c ...more
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Published May 1st 2005 by bnpublishing.com (first published -385)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Complete Works, Plato
عنوان: دوره آثار افلاطون 4 جلدی؛ افلاطون؛ مترجم: محمد حسن لطفی؛ تهران، خوارزمی، 1356، در 2508 ص؛
Dylan Mcarthur
Apr 21, 2008 Dylan Mcarthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The dialogues of Plato have helped renew my faith in life and humanity. In college I learned that 1) there is no truth, 2) every assertion is merely someone's perspective and 3) all meaningful inquiry involves a deconstruction of someone else's thoughts (i.e. someone deluded enough not to know that there isn't any truth and that all is perspective). Plato believed in reason, in the reality of goodness (i.e., the better choice), and in the value of the struggle to understand ourselves and the wor ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Complete Works, Plato
Anthony
Apr 22, 2012 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Many reviewers have noted how this book is the Bible of Plato. They are correct.

I recommend this book for anyone who plans to study Plato in-depth. Containing all the extant works of Plato, this book will not disappoint those who want to experience all of Plato's thought. Most pages have footnotes explaining unclear references to historical places, or other important concepts.

The introduction is superb, providing details to approaching the writings of Plato. It is a helpful guide for those who
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Tim
Apr 22, 2007 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's practically a Bible.
max
Feb 09, 2010 max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek
In Greek literature, there are many authors whose substantive ideas and technical literary skills are breathtaking. Purely in terms of influence -- by which I mean the degree to which a particular author has reconfigured the intellectual landscape for future generations -- it is undisputed that the two greatest writers in the Greek literary tradition are Homer and Plato. Plato took philosophy to an entirely new level, and few if any philosophers who wrote subsequently have matched the extraordin ...more
Erick
Other than the Bible, I'm not sure there's a collection of writings that have influenced Western civilization more than Plato's.
Given it's cumbersome size, I had recently read many of the dialogues here in other translations in volumes of more manageable size. I read all the dialogues in this collection that I had not yet read elsewhere.
Michelle Young
Aug 31, 2007 Michelle Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
made me think too much! philosophy just spurs on more questions.
Matei
Feb 04, 2017 Matei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Reading it whole was a bad idea, I started skipping parts when I reached Laws, but it was a very enjoyable read and exactly what I was looking for to get me going into philosophy. It's very interesting to see how dependent our reasoning is on the modalities we notice around us: in Plato's dialogues, Socrates thinks in terms of mixing Forms, properties of elemental parts carry over to their composite almost without change, the way he constructs the various Form structures, and so on.
Wilbert
Apr 13, 2012 Wilbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, been throwing myself in at the deep end with this one.

I know, Plato/Socrates are best known by quotation.
Still, my absolute lack in knowledge of philosophy had me hesitant, since I tend to read cover to cover (and everything in between)....
But hey, a gift, nice hard cover, inviting typeface, sound introduction.
(and my weak spot for 'big' books, sorry to iPad)

I will surely re-read much of this tome.
In the first place because of its unrivalled value as a dictate of humanity.
Also, because I can
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Richard Newton
May 05, 2013 Richard Newton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This is a brilliant edition of Plato's collected works, which is excellent value for money. Of course, you can probably buy them all very cheaply in an eBook format now - but the hard-copy is easier to use if you are studying and therefore need to make cross references regularly. There are many many gems here, and you do not have to love everything about Plato to get huge value from this book.

The only drawback is the sheer size of the book - which is simply a result of Plato's prodigious output
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R X
May 09, 2008 R X marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I've read up to The Republic, which I've already read. I'm not sure what's after that. High Point: Crito.
Melissa Rudd
Oct 23, 2016 Melissa Rudd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophist

Finally finished Sophist, which I had read much but not all of previously. I reread it prior to this review, and was struck by the contrast between the difficulty of some sections and ease of others. Thank goodness some sections are easier than others, because it is a lengthy dialogue that at times seems likely to continue indefinitely. So it seems to appear to the character of Theaetetus, anyway, who, very near the end seems ready to throw up his hands in despair at the difficulty of tr
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Niki Bahrman
تقریبا 3 سال طول کشید اما بعد از تمام شدنش مطمئن بودم که هنوز هیچی نفهمیدم ...
Billie Pritchett
Not every dialogue in Plato's Complete Works is thrilling, and some are in fact downright boring and difficult to get through. Nevertheless, it's no exaggeration to say that Plato's dialogues are a cornerstone to Western and world-historical thought. I read these dialogues in the order they were presented in the book, but if I had it to do over again, I think I would have read the dialogues in the order in which Plato would have intended them to have been read. More on that in a moment, but firs ...more
Briana
There's a reason why Plato's stuck around for so long.

Socrates reminds me of Columbo sometimes. He asks questions ("Just one more thing..."), and he acts like he doesn't really know, but you can just hear the wheels turning as he puts things together.

Honestly, I don't remember what I got out of Symposium because I read it almost 6 months ago...but I took notes, so...oh, Diotima's Ladder was very interesting, even though I don't think I got all of it. But seeing it come back in Augustine was pr
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Jerrid Wolflick
Mar 07, 2013 Jerrid Wolflick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: reference, philosophy
This is one of the finest translations of Plato's works that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Since my Attic Greek is now quite rusty, it is a chore to read Plato in the original (although I did so in High School thus helping me recognize the translation quality). The Foreward is a paean to the greatness and timelessness of Plato's works. It also explains the reason for the order chosen by the editor. The footnotes and editorial notes (marginalia) both help further explain the more obscu ...more
Nick Riso
Sep 16, 2014 Nick Riso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't ever really formulate a review that does Plato's dialogues the words and justice they deserve. Perhaps there isn't any way. But, to quote from my friend, Martin Heidegger, in his lecture VI in his series entitled "What is Called Thinking?":

"A dialogue of Plato is inexhaustible-not only for posterity and the changing forms of comprehension to which posterity gives rise; it is inexhaustible of itself, by its nature. And this is forever the mark of all creativeness-which, of course, come
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Jody
Jul 13, 2016 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the books offered on Plato that I could find at our local Goodwill store probably used student books but I didn't care I was using them for research for my own writing of paranormal romance novels. For me I found the quotes astounding thought provoking and would just get lost for hours then days reading off and on in the two books I purchased. I intend to use some of the quotes as chapter headings in my own stories. Simply amazing when you think of how long ago these were written and how ...more
Paul
Jan 07, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's to say? It's Plato: a philosophical classic. I went through this book with a guy who got his PhD under the editor, John Cooper (Princeton). That made it for accessible and illuminating, especially for someone who doesn't consider himself into "ancient philosophy."
Federico Campagna
LA vera Bibbia.
Donny
Feb 18, 2010 Donny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a philosophy major. Every philosopher I've ever read is really only writing a response to this.
Allen
PARMENIDES
Summary
In this dialogue a young Socrates discusses with Parmenides and Zeno his own conception of reality as consisting of nonphysical (incorporeal?) “Forms.” This discussion spring from Socrates’ criticism of Zeno whether “all” is one or many - Zeno claiming the latter and in defense of Parmenides.

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If a Form should be “itself by itself” then it cannot be in us. They have their being in relation to themselves (p. 367). But not necessarily: “”insofar as it is in others, it would
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Markus
Feb 24, 2017 Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply a must read.
Mary
Jan 18, 2017 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, mooc
Meno, Euthyphro, Timaeus, Republic, Apology
Matt
Jul 07, 2009 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having finally read this from cover to cover (with the exception of The Republic to which I went to Allan Bloom’s translation) one cannot help but feel some sense of achievement. The purist in me loves that the entire corpus of Plato’s works is easily accessible in one volume. But I wouldn’t recommend reading Plato: Complete Works as I have.

To read Plato, and actually digest Plato, is not an easy task. At times, I am not ashamed to admit that it’s a chore. Though the Complete Works contain short
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Eric
Jul 02, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I didn't read this entire tome. My interest is in Socrates and Socratic philosophy, not in Plato and Platonic philosophy, so I only read the 16 dialogues generally accepted as the earliest. Having never studied philosophy in any detail, I was surprised by how often I laughed. Socrates is a classic wit, ironically mocking know-it-alls by revealing how little they really know.

This book has several features that recommend it over other versions of Plato out there. First, it is
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Russell
Sep 18, 2008 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No, I did not read the entire collection, just a few selection. The Apology, Crito, Protagoras, Meno and Phaedo.

Plato's master, Socrates, is a thoroughly engaging man. The translations were easy to read and really helped me get a feel for just how darn interesting he really was.

Powerful reading, after this taste I am going to have to come back and read more at some point. I really liked how Socrates was able to get his point across and, when needed, admit he was wrong on a point. The Socratic me
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Aaron
As you might expect, I've never read all the works in this book, let alone gone through it cover to cover. However, I have read most of the "important" works (most cited) and this edition does a good job at the translation. I don't remember there being much if anything of a background included in this to put the work in context or to explain the terms or choice for translation. I do know that this is pretty standard for Plato as a text in college. In fact, I specifically remember my professor of ...more
Arthur Cravan
Feb 11, 2013 Arthur Cravan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mammoth book & the perfect Plato companion for the home (not healthy lugging 2000 pages of wisdom this deep around, unless its to the woods. Despite a distinct element of cannibalism, I think even the trees would get down to this type of sagacity). The general introduction & the ones preceding each book give you a good ground to stand on, & the notes help explain a few terms & characters you may not be familiar with. Though I'm no expert on this, the translation seemed to serve ...more
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  • The Complete Works: The Revised Oxford Translation, Vol. 1
  • The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts
  • Fear and Trembling/Repetition (Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 6)
  • Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
  • The Ethics/Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect/Selected Letters
  • The Major Works
  • Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections from the Objections and Replies (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
  • A History of Philosophy 2: Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy Before Socrates: An Introduction with Texts and Commentary
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World
  • Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous
  • Early Greek Philosophy
  • Basic Writings: Ten Key Essays, plus the Introduction to Being and Time
  • The Portable Nietzsche
  • The Social Contract & Other Later Political Writings (Texts in the History of Political Thought)
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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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