Dialogues of Plato
ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP
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.
THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:
• A concise introduction that gives the reader impo...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The only drawback is the sheer size of the book - which is simply a result of Plato's prodigious output ...more
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...more
Many of his ideas are presented here such ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more