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The Trial and Death of Socrates (Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo)

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'Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just'

Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philo

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Sep 21, 2007 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all thinkers
When he was tried, convicted and ordered to death in 399 B.C.E., Socrates was already seventy years old: he had lived through the imperialistic spread of Athenian democracy and culture under Pericles, twenty-five years of first cold and then heated war with Sparta, the defeat of Athens in 404 B.C.E., the short-lived oligarchy imposed on that city by the Spartans, and finally the reestablishment of democracy in his homeland. During all of that time, the former bricklayer was known for practicing ...more
Shivam Chaturvedi
Somebody should tell Jon Snow to read this book. Poor guy, Ygritte wouldn't stop giving him hell. "You know nothing, Jon Snow" says she, all the time.

If only Jon would read Socrates, he would have the greatest of retorts, the greatest of Socrates' teachings as his come back.

"The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing."

Take that Ygritte!

PS - Here is some mindbogglingly brilliant analysis of the famous painting on Socrates's death by Jacques Louis David
Jul 07, 2007 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: philosophy
The world needs a superhero.

The name of that superhero is Socrates.

What do you mean you've never read this book - what the hell are you waiting for?
Sep 24, 2012 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, ebook
I was a bit wary going in but I was pleasantly surprised that this book wasn't as difficult to understand as I'd expected it to be.

The edition I read covered three dialogues about Socrates (Apologia, Crito and Phaedo), who was tried for supposedly corrupting the youth of Athens as well as for encouraging worship of gods not recognized by the State. I've always heard that Socrates was a powerful orator and the way he defended himself in front of the court proves that. Even when he was sentenced t
Pooya Kiani
دربارهی سقراط و سوبژکتیویتهی زیستنش که بهتره اهل فلسفه نظر بدن. من اما میخوام از لذت اعتماد بگم. اعتماد به بانو لیلی گلستان و نشر محترم مرکز، که وقتی کنار هم قرار میگیرن آدم با خاطر آسوده، آسوده از مسئولیتپذیری و حقیقتپرستیشون، اثر رو تهیه میکنه و بلافاصله شروع میکنه به خوندن. چیز کمارزشی نیست. واقعا باید قدر اینجور اتفاقها و این قبیل افراد رو دونست. ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I wish I had read these 4 dialogues before they made us work through The Republic back in school. Plato can seem so distant and archiac so much of the time, but here there is an actual sense of human urgency: Socrates is about to die. A lot of times the dialogues feel completely neutered from any real world concern, you just see these people walking around, having their abstract little discussions as Socrates schools them all. But here you see those discussions finally grounded by a frank acknow ...more
Ken Moten
Since I have individually reviewed each dialogue concerning their content I will be personal here. I obviously enjoyed reading these dialogues. I was not only enlightened by them, but moved as well in certain parts, more by Socrates' friends than the man himself. This really should be the jumping off point for anyone interested in philosophy because it sets the tone and you can compare every strand of philosophy after it against it. Plato did not create [western] philosophy, obviously, but he su ...more
Daniel Silveyra
Socrates is a little bit like Superman. As a young man, both are very appealing for their heroism and pristine behavior. As one ages, however, they begin to dissatisfy - there is no way these people could be real.

This is obviously due to Plato's portrayal of the man, an homage so complete that Socrates becomes pure ideal and ceases to be human. He stands for intellectual honesty and curiosity, morality and justice, without any compromise.

This book is about as good an example of that as possible,
Liz Janet
Jan 02, 2016 Liz Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Some times I disagree with the philosophical standing of Plato, other times, I love his works. Particularly this one (or the four combined), depicting the last days of Socrates, mostly arguing for the soul as an immortal constant, referring to form as unchanging and eternal, the common reference to non-empirical knowledge, the difference between the incorporeal and corporeal, and the nature of the soul . I am not going into any detail about these things, because I do not have the background requ ...more
Dec 08, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this blew my mind
Jun 10, 2009 Julenew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that are beyond "liking" or "not liking." They exist on a completely different plain than the rest of literature. This is one of those books. You don't read "The Trial and Death of Socrates" to be entertained; whether you like it or not is completely immaterial. By reading it, you gain an appreciation for one of the greatest thinkers of all time, and a valuable window into the soul of humankind.

How can one possibly quanitfy and encapsulate that into three, four, or five star
Mehwish Mughal
What have I just finished reading? A masterpiece? No, more than that - much more than that!
An experience so exhilarating that I am left with no words. Perhaps, what I am feeling now surpasses description!

You must read it, to experience it!

You know, Socrates was kindof a dick.
Tan Yi Han
Jun 06, 2012 Tan Yi Han rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still on the last chapter (Phaedo), but I've run out of time. Have to return the book. So let me review based on the first 3 chapters.

This book uses a very original style of writing to give readers an inside look into the life and wisdom of Socrates in his last days.

Socrates liked to examine people. But he wasn't concerned about their appearance. He liked to examine people who thought themselves wise/clever and see if they really are.

His tool? A method of argument called the elenchus. Unlik
Feb 22, 2011 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When your Introduction to Philosophy (or to Humanities, or to Rhetoric, or to...) course had you read this your first semester of college, it was presented as the origins of Western thought. With all that reverence paid, reading it a decade and a half later, I either didn't remember or didn't understand that "The Apology" is downright funny. Socrates is a man daring a court to put him to death and he is very keen on putting them in their place.

Alas, the other dialogues aren't nearly as engaging,
Lucy Phelan
Jun 17, 2013 Lucy Phelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The portrayal of Socrates is so insightful, you can imagine being in Ancient Greece and having that terribly repetitive conversation with him. Plato has really captured the essence of his mentor and I find that absolutely astounding, more so, I feel compelled to read up about Socrates every time. To my amazement, his portrayal hasn't only bought Socrates to life but it has made him immortal, for thousands of years he has been living in this fantastically written piece of literature spreading his ...more
Dec 17, 2009 Bram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Euthyphro: Tricky. May need to reread this one a couple times.

Apology: Here we get an impassioned plea for intellectual freedom plus the promotion of ethical and civil disobedience. Great stuff.

Crito: A little too much law and authority worship.

Phaedo: This is the ultimate existential dialogue. Plato's Socrates makes death seem even more enticing than do the monotheists (who seem to have taken a good deal from Plato). I find it easy to like a work that relates such optimism about immortality.
Feb 04, 2015 Pinkyivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socrates is a boss.
David Sarkies
Oct 10, 2012 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Wisdom
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: philosophy
Thoughts from Socrates' trial and execution
13 October 2012

While I have written commentaries on collections before I have since tried to steer away from doing that to instead write about the individual pieces contained therein. Okay, in one way it does help to bump up the number of books on my shelf, but then again that is somewhat irrelevant (It's not as if I win a prize if I have the most books on my shelf, or the most reviews). Generally I find it better to comment on the individual pieces be
“Such was the end of our friend, Socrates, a man who, we would say, was the best of all those we've experienced and, generally speaking, the wisest and the most just."

This book is a collection of four dialogues about the last days of the philosopher, Socrates. Through them readers get to know Socrates, his friends and the people who condemned him. The philosophical arguments presented are both straightforward and complex. They address issues of death, the immortality of the soul and the purpose
Aug 10, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF SOCRATES. (this ed. 1972) Plato. ****.
This work, although in a different version, was required reading for my first humanities course in college in 1957. Yes, there were colleges back then, and Plato was not one of my classmates. At the time, I’m not sure that I fully understood what I was reading, but made sure that I understood enough to pass any quiz – announced or unannounced. On re-reading it, I came to the realization that Socrates was not a philosopher. He was
Jan 08, 2016 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب از سه بخش تشکیل شده که بخش اول و سوم مربوط به مکالمات سقراط با اوتیفرون و کریتون هست. بخش دوم نیز شامل دفاعیات سقراط در دادگاه هست.
فصل مشترک تمامی بخشها سقراط هست که نظریات خود را بیان میکند. من بخش سوم رو که بیشتر بخشهای آن مونولوگ بود دوست داشتم. سقراط فیلسوفی بوده که در طول محاکمه هیچ وقت به فکر خود نبوده و به هیچ وجه بخاطر حفظ جان خودش دفاعیاتش رو انجام نمیده بلکه حرفهایی که میزنه در دفاع از آرمانهاش بوده است.
اونطور که در دفاعیات گفته میشه کسانی که سقراط رو محکوم کردهاند بخاطر کینه از آ
Hoàng Nguyễn
Jul 20, 2016 Hoàng Nguyễn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Có một câu chuyện về Socrates mà nhiều người biết: Ông bị nhà nước Athens kết án tử hình một cách bất công, và, dù bạn bè khuyên Socrates nên trốn, ông vẫn nhất quyết ở lại chịu án. Đằng sau cái chết của Socrates là một triết lý đạo đức được ông ủng hộ: mọi người phải có nghĩa vụ tuân thủ luật pháp, bao gồm cả những luật pháp bất công. Ông đưa ra hai lập luận chính: thứ nhất, người dân, người nhận lợi ích từ nhà nước, phải có trách nhiệm đền đáp—người nhận được sự bảo vệ của nhà nước phải có trá ...more
Sara Kamjou
محاکمه سقراط و خواندن مکالمات سقراط شبیه تماشای بازی شطرنج است. به جز قسمتهایی که حالت سخنرانی به خود میگرفت، بخشهای گفتگومحور را دوست داشتم.
جملات ماندگار کتاب:
نباید اینقدر نگران حرفهای اکثریت باشیم. بلکه باید به حرفهای کسی گوش کنیم که درست را از نادرست تشخیص میدهد و این یکتا قاضی تمام رفتارهای ما، حقیقت است.
مهم زندگی کردن نیست، مهم خوب زندگی کردن است
پیش از سلامت جسم و ثروت، پیش از هر چیز قابل توجه دیگری، سلامت روح تکامل آن مهم است. من مکرر به شما میگویم ثروت پاکدا
Becky Pliego
I liked it much more than I expected, and I liked Socrates as a character very much.

If I could make any wish at this moment, I would wish to see and hear Socrates and Saint Paul having a beer together and discussing all things that pertain to life and the life to come. Especially, because I would like to see what face Socrates would make when he'd find himself with no more questions to ask and facing Truth itself in the Gospel presented by Paul.
Jan 18, 2009 Trudy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this little booklet. It is the third time I've read it and each time I find something new to contemplate. I whole heartedly agree with Socrates, "I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living" (39)
Greta Faith
Feb 29, 2016 Greta Faith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh-school, 1-star
Is there a rating lower than one star??
Socrates (invariably Plato) tends to meander more than I can appreciate, but I was still intrigued by the ideas he offered.
José Oroño
Jun 23, 2017 José Oroño rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodnight, Sweet Prince
Daniel Bóna
Jun 21, 2017 Daniel Bóna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Socrates drank the hemlock just to spite the fuck out of Xanthippe after she poured down his neck the liquid sewage from their kitchen.
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  • The Nicomachean Ethics
  • Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Lysistrata and Other Plays: Lysistrata / The Acharnians / The Clouds
  • Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Aristotle
  • Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and The Natural History of Religion
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Early Greek Philosophy
  • Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ
  • The Rise and Fall of Athens
  • The Early History of Rome: (The History of Rome, #1-5)
  • Philosophical Fragments
  • Conversations of Socrates
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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
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