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Dialogues of Plato

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  8,902 ratings  ·  176 reviews


In these influential dialogues—Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium—Plato employs the dialectic method to examine the trial and death of his mentor, Socrates, and address the eternal questions of human existence.


• A concise introduction that gives the reader impo

Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1937)
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Dylan Mcarthur
Mar 02, 2015 Dylan Mcarthur rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
This Hamilton-Cairns collection is by far the best one-volume Plato in English, though even here one must realize that some of the translations chosen (especially those of some of the early, aporetic dialogues) are not always the best.

Jowett is worthless, more a Victorian era paraphrase than a translation, and Cooper contains a lot of "updated" translations by people with a heavily 'analytic' background that are not terribly good, though Grube's excellent Republic is in it. Still, nothing compar
Erik Graff
Jul 17, 2015 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Leo Sweeney
Shelves: philosophy
I took Leo Sweeney's Plato course during my first semester at Loyola University Chicago. Early on he asked for research proposals. I said I wanted to read all the material and write comprehensively about Plato's theology. He accepted that and I proceeded to take extensive notes while pouring through the texts.

Meanwhile, Sweeney taught the course focusing only on a few dialogs focusing on epistemology. While what he said plausibly connected to the texts he specifically addressed, much of it was a
This book is my bible. I first read it for a college class as an undergrad. One of the first books I remember reading was the Symposium. I ended up dropping that first philosophy class for various reasons. When I came back to school at a different university, I decided to try philosophy again. Synchronicity must have been at work in my choice of professors, as the one I chose became my mentor and my friend. It was in his class that I delved back into Plato and fell in love with them. It would be ...more
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
It's practically a Bible.

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
Aug 14, 2007 Mark rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: other
Socrates says "The unexamined life is not worth living." Yet this book actually shows that an examined dialogue is not worth believing. The general format of the Socratic dialogues is:
Socrates: Incorrect fact #1.
Friend: Obviously, Socrates.
Socrates: Correct fact #2.
Friend: Of course, Socrates.
Socrates: 1 + 2 = 3. And a half.
Friend: You are so wise Socrates.

Since the arguments are so blatantly made up, it is hard to give any credence to the conclusions. Which is a shame because he espouses
Erik Graff
Nov 11, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Kelly Fox
Shelves: philosophy
Jowett's translations are to Plato as King James' committee was to the English bible, viz. as standards against which future efforts are judged.

The first time I actually sat down to read all of Plato, authentic and spurious, was for a course at Loyola University. That was the Hamilton edition. I had, however, read much of Jowett previously and, indeed, much of Jowett is to be found recycled in Hamilton.

The first serious exposure I had to Plato was through Jowett's voice and it occurred during th
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
While I do not always agree with Plato, the beauty of his prose and its poetic quality bring me back to his dialogues again and again. This is the edition I acquired for my class in Plato & Aristotle in college and it is still a standard one volume text. It includes all the dialogues attributed to Plato plus the letters. This is one of the few books that I have read and reread over the last forty years. The result has been a growing appreciation for both Plato's project and his image of Socr ...more
Richard Newton
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
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.
Michelle Young
made me think too much! philosophy just spurs on more questions.
R de la Lanza
Escribí el prólogo de esta edición.
Contains Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Protagoras, Meno, Symposium, and Gorgias. In general, these are considered the primary component of Plato's early works, in which he expounds that learned from his teacher Socrates. The arguments seem somewhat simplistic by today's standards, but the style and logic clearly represent the timeless fame rendered to Socrates. In Apology, Socrates willingly accepts indictment and makes his argument. True to his spirit, he makes adequate defense against both classes o ...more
Thomas Coon
The first time I had to read anything by Plato, I was a junior-year Classics major at a small liberal arts college. I hated it - we read through The Republic, and after I was done with the course, I burned the book in a furnace.

Two years later, though, another look at Plato's works (albeit outside of a structured, classroom setting) has proven to me that there is a great deal to be learned from Plato. For one, there is no other writer I've yet encountered who thinks so critically about any iss

Jerrid Wolflick
Mar 07, 2013 Jerrid Wolflick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: philosophy, reference
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
William Crosby
Okay read. Lots of ideas. I did not like his dialogue style with the others who always seemed so agreeable. I disagreed in many places with his arguments and they became tedious to me.
Gerald Jerome
This is a decent compilation and intro to some of Plato's dialogues, though The Republic has been reduced to some of its truncated and finer points. One may not always agree with its conclusions, but the most important thing is that the question was raised. The Socratic method is certainly a worthwhile tool for educating one's self as well as cultivating understanding in others. Even so, as evidenced in these dialogues, it can be easily misapplied (assuming that an objective truth is the goal an ...more
Radit Panjapiyakul
The cleverness of Plato shines through in his writing and his way of proving things. This does not mean that he's always right. His reasonings can be pointed out with many flaws and are not very scientific. Plato argues that there's immortality of the soul (though he should first question if there's such thing as a soul or not). There are lots of talking about gods and the doing of gods. But from the viewpoint of an ancient greek, this could be forgiven.

Many of his ideas are presented here such
Difficult to get through at points, but a good reminder that not much has changed in terms if human society. Also interesting that some of the themes of myths told by socrates are being verified by science today.
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."
Cynthia Egbert
I love reading Plato and since silly Socrates did not/would not write, this is the closest I can come to him. I never get tired of reading and pondering Plato's cave!
I'm a philosophy major. Every philosopher I've ever read is really only writing a response to this.
Sungmin Park
Feb 05, 2015 Sungmin Park is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
One of comments.. which is funny.. but I like it..

This book was required for my second year Plato class. I will never forget the first words my professor said about this collection. "a great addition to any bookshelf. It will impress your friends and frighten your enemies... should you grant them access to your bookshelf.
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.

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
Justin Tapp
The Dialogues of Plato (Jowett translation) are the recorded dialogues of Socrates in his defense (Apology) against charges of atheism and of corrupting the youth of Athens. This book introduces Socrates' dialectic, and it was great to read the original example of the "Socratic Method" of teaching by asking questions that demand logical answers to lead the pupil to a particular point or defend his own position. It is not hard to find what appear to be echoes of Socrates' dialectic in the New Tes ...more
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
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  • Naming and Necessity
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  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonius
  • The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle
  • Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology
  • Selected Writings
  • The Problems of Philosophy
  • After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
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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.

Plato is one of the most
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