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In the Hippias Major, Socrates and Hippias set out to find a definition for "beauty", but are destined to fail due to their inability to formulate an answer which encompasses the entire concept. The actual Greek term that is used in the dialogue is καλόν, which as an adjective often means fine or noble as well as beautiful. For this reason, translators such as Paul Woodruf ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published October 13th 1982 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published -390)
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Beautiful things are difficult !!
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زیبا دشوار است.
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Socrates is on the search again for the true meaning of the beautiful and the good, but he is not going to have any help from this interlocutor. This dialogue was more fun to read than some of the others, simply because Socrates was downright goofy in his irony at points!
Quite a funny Socratic dialogue, about beauty. Socrates debates with Hippias not as himself but through someone else, suggesting questions that a stranger may ask Hippias or himself regarding aesthetics and beauty, and quizzing Hippias on how he ought to answer. The back and forth is rather comical at times, I giggled especially at the part where they were talking about soup and spoons. The dialogue ends with Socrates concurring :- "So I think, Hippias, that I have been benefited by conversation ...more
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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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