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A compilation of the essential works of Plato inone paperback volume: The Republic, TheSymposium, Parmenides, Euthyphro, Apology,Crito, and Phaedo. ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published June 1st 1960 by Anchor (first published 1959)
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There's a cave, and then there are philosopher kings and all the poets have been exiled because they are seriously dangerous to society. What else do you really need to know or to make you feel like you should be king if you're an undergrad philosophy major?
David Dent
Yes, I actually read this some time ago. I read The Republic, The Symposium and started Parmenides, but then stopped. I did not continue on to finish Parmenides or move on to Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, or Phaedo, but was already familiar with summaries of those works from conversations, discussions, and the fairly common summary knowledge of the details of Socrates' death. The Republic is a great read for any political junkie and philosophy geek. It provides the true source of much of what the F ...more
Greg Blankenbehler
An immensely important work. The starting point of philosophical thought. Once you learn about Plato's "forms" and his related "divided line" and "cave" you never look at things the same.
LeeAnn *the crazy, hell on wheels crip*
i found this book very interesting. the "conversational" type of writing was contained in the whole work. i really liked listening to it because it seemed to be easier to catch on. there were so many sub-topics about what Plato desired in His own State. each person would perform their trade as they were trained, there would be training for males - sports and academics. religions as well as sciences -

there was one part that blew my mind though, dealing with family! parents would not know or rais
Pavel Panchekha
Well worth reading—this is the foundational work of Western philosophy. Plato raises great questions on how to structure a State, on the correct constitution of a person, and on the various types of government and the people they reflect. That said, viewed as an actual philosophical tome, Plato's Republic often resorts to fanciful and flighty arguments. Reading Plato is a fascinating look into pre-Aristotilian logic, as arguments by analogy and grand claims stated and believed as fact are common ...more
There is a very good reason that this book has survived the centuries, despite its abuses and neglects. It is not as many would expect: a dusty old volume on the brink of death. Rather, it is a living work that speaks directly concerning humanity in every culture and every time.
While much has changed in the world since this writing's conception, human nature has not, nor have the institutions which humanity builds.
This of Plato's works MUST be fed to the next generation, administered as a stapl
Joshua Mark
Jowett's translation was the first Plato I ever read and is still among my favorites (in the case of some dialogues, actually, still my favorite). The characters are sharply crafted as Jowett seemed to have a very clear sense of what Plato - a former playwright and poet - was trying to do in his philosophical dialogues: create the same sort of dramatic experience for an audience that theatre tried, and still tries, to do. We understand what Plato's trying to tell us by participating in the dialo ...more
JR Snow
I read a slightly different edition of platos works. I had to read most of this for my Ancient Philosophy Class at RBC
I got this book to read the chapter on democracy, and how democracy turns to tyranny, and the rise of the tyrant. Very enlightening stuff; Plato seems to have perfectly predicted Obama 2,500 years ago.
Pierre Corneille
This translation is quite readable, although Socrates' poor interlocutors hardly ever seem to be able to get a word in edgewise in these so-called "dialogues."

Daniel Mattox
Socrates the noblest of men. A journey in philosophy and the spirit of humanity. Alas, Socrates. The world is at a loss.
This book is the basis for the government of the Catholic church and sets up a model of framework for communist governance
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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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