The Trial and Death of Socrates (Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo)
'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...more
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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
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 ...more
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, ...more
How can one possibly quanitfy and encapsulate that into three, four, or five star ...more
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!
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 ...more
Alas, the other dialogues aren't nearly as engaging, ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more