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Five Great Dialogues of Plato: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo

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These dialogues by Plato have been translated from the original Greek by the scholar and classicist Benjamin Jowett, whose translations are known for their elegance and accuracy.
Paperback, 166 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Coyote Canyon Press (first published -360)
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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.
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
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.
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
John Yelverton
A must read for those who want to understand how the world continues to work to this very day.
Roof Beam Reader
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





Cameron Davis
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
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
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.
Funny, I just realized this was the only book, of the dozen or so books I read recently, that caused me to both laugh and cry!
I have a hard time rating the works of Plato...and as for reviewing them, well it would take a lifetime to do so.
Dr. A
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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
Fascinating. Pushes your brain and really makes you think.
Ahmad Sharabiani
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Euthyphro / Apology / Crito / Meno / Phaedo
Eric Barger
It's Plato. Enough said...
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
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
Dameon Manuel
This edition contains five dramatic Dialogues penned by Plato, all of which purportedly reflect accurately the content—and perhaps the words—of real conversations in which Socrates was a part. This particular grouping of Dialogues, as I have learned, is quite standard in both selection and ordering, with the exception of "Meno." "Euthyphro," "Apology," "Crito," and "Phaedo" are chronologically arranged and, together, paint a picture of the Athenian philosopher Socrates at the end of his life. (T ...more
Zach Augustine
An excellent introduction to Plato's philosophy. If you're interested in the historical figure of Socrates, these dialogues are most are most concerned with his life.

Philosophically, these "Five Dialogues"--Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo--along with Phaedrus, Symposium and the Republic form the bulk of Plato's thought on Forms and the soul. This is a great place to start. The Euthyphro is a typical early dialogue and sets the stage for the charges that face later Socrates in the Apolog
This is is probably one of most essential book for any one who wants to know more about philosophy.

I have read most of the dialogues before and every time you read it you get something new, like the bible. Yes, I believe this should be any philosophers bible, the one only guide understanding other philosophy works and a guide to how to do work out your own "the best way to think about things".

I say this because when I first read Euthypro I did not understand anything. The second time I read it,
Shalini Patras
Apolocy, Crito and Phaedo by Plato seem more like short booklets. In Apology Socrates defends himself in the court to the public of Athens. In Crito, Socrates dialogues with his friend, Crito about the virtue of going through his execution by drinking poison. The book raises many moral questions─how should a citizen face the death penalty when he or she is not guilty? What should you do when the public chose to unjustly condemn you? It is a superb dialogue on the virtue of obeying the laws of th ...more
Angie Libert
UPDATE: Meno complete in October of 2014. Can virtue be taught? "Virtue would be neither an inborn quality nor taught, but comes to those who possess it as a gift from the gods which is not accompanied by understanding..."

Meno's conclusion reminds me of what education is: the drawing out from within. It is an educator/parent's responsibility to draw out that inner virtue within us all, that gift from God waiting to be unfolded.

Apology quotes from October 2, 2013:

"Socrates is guilty of wrongdoin
I quite enjoyed this piece. All 5 of the works are short and sweet. Plus Plato has the added bonus of being easy to read (unlike Kant and Heidegger). I reviewed The Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, and Phaedo in my review of The Trial and Death of Socrates, and as such will not be further discussing those here. In Meno, Socrates teaches a young boy some basic principles in geometry, as well as how to solve the geometry problem. (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle required their students to study geometry ...more
Vanja Antonijevic
A simple, brief analysis (as I do not have space for a deep analysis that would be more representative):

As a whole, these works, along with The Republic and the Symposium (which I have not read), are the essentials of Platonic philosophy, and should be required reading for anyone interested in philosophy. Thankfully, they are also far more readable than anything in philosophy, with the possible exception of Nietzsche (who came only a few thousand years later, so Plato deserves a high five).

It s
Karun Avaz
Excellent introduction to philosophy for me, as it was my first foray into this area. Plato's narration and sentence structure are poetic and compelling. Was blown away by the line of reasoning that Socrates would use to get to the truth in every instance. Will definitely try to adapt this method of thinking in my daily life. Highly insightful and greatly recommended to any one looking to get an insight into philosophy and also the mind of the genius that was Socrates.
It was nice to go back to these after some time away. The Phaedo is longer than I remembered, too; but the ending myth of the cycle of souls is fantastic.
Brian Burgess
Plato's dialogues are persuasive at questioning being and knowing. Note that these discussions are said to have been actual conversations between So-crates and reputable men of court and his friends. Going from Euthyphro to the Phaedo you can feel Socrates shifting from arrogance of the court to a more comfortable zone of private kinship with his friends when he is sentenced to death on his last day.
"No one knows wether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for man, yet men fear it as
Kayla Roberson
A very, very hard but incredibly rewarding read. Will be able to apply Plato's account of Socrate's trial for the rest of my life. Mind blowing.
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  • Aristotle: Selections
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
  • An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
  • Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Discourse on Metaphysics & Other Essays
  • The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts
  • Utilitarianism
  • A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
  • Philosophical Fragments (Writings, Vol 7)
(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.

Plato is one of the most
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