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Outstanding translations by leading contemporary scholars -- many commissioned especially for this volume -- are presented here in the first single edition to include the entire surviving corpus of works attributed to Plato in antiquity. In his introductory essay, John Cooper explains the presentation of these works, discusses questions concerning the chronology of their c ...more
Hardcover, 1808 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Hackett Publishing Company (first published -385)
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Dylan Mcarthur
Mar 02, 2015 Dylan Mcarthur rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Feb 22, 2010 max rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
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
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
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.
Jerrid Wolflick
Mar 07, 2013 Jerrid Wolflick rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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."
I'm a philosophy major. Every philosopher I've ever read is really only writing a response to this.
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
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
There's a reason why Plato's stuck around for so long.

Socrates reminds me of Columbo sometimes. He asks questions ("Just one more thing..."), and he acts like he doesn't really know, but you can just hear the wheels turning as he puts things together.

Honestly, I don't remember what I got out of Symposium because I read it almost 6 months ago...but I took notes, so...oh, Diotima's Ladder was very interesting, even though I don't think I got all of it. But seeing it come back in Augustine was pr
Having finally read this from cover to cover (with the exception of The Republic to which I went to Allan Bloom’s translation) one cannot help but feel some sense of achievement. The purist in me loves that the entire corpus of Plato’s works is easily accessible in one volume. But I wouldn’t recommend reading Plato: Complete Works as I have.

To read Plato, and actually digest Plato, is not an easy task. At times, I am not ashamed to admit that it’s a chore. Though the Complete Works contain short
I have to admit that I didn't read this entire tome. My interest is in Socrates and Socratic philosophy, not in Plato and Platonic philosophy, so I only read the 16 dialogues generally accepted as the earliest. Having never studied philosophy in any detail, I was surprised by how often I laughed. Socrates is a classic wit, ironically mocking know-it-alls by revealing how little they really know.

This book has several features that recommend it over other versions of Plato out there. First, it is
No, I did not read the entire collection, just a few selection. The Apology, Crito, Protagoras, Meno and Phaedo.

Plato's master, Socrates, is a thoroughly engaging man. The translations were easy to read and really helped me get a feel for just how darn interesting he really was.

Powerful reading, after this taste I am going to have to come back and read more at some point. I really liked how Socrates was able to get his point across and, when needed, admit he was wrong on a point. The Socratic me
As you might expect, I've never read all the works in this book, let alone gone through it cover to cover. However, I have read most of the "important" works (most cited) and this edition does a good job at the translation. I don't remember there being much if anything of a background included in this to put the work in context or to explain the terms or choice for translation. I do know that this is pretty standard for Plato as a text in college. In fact, I specifically remember my professor of ...more
Alex Obrigewitsch
It has been years, and Plato ever remains, waiting to be re-openned and re-thought. Plato is eternally in the wings; Plato is abeyance.
Arthur Cravan
A mammoth book & the perfect Plato companion for the home (not healthy lugging 2000 pages of wisdom this deep around, unless its to the woods. Despite a distinct element of cannibalism, I think even the trees would get down to this type of sagacity). The general introduction & the ones preceding each book give you a good ground to stand on, & the notes help explain a few terms & characters you may not be familiar with. Though I'm no expert on this, the translation seemed to serve ...more
I read this book a few years ago (listed as 2010) and am rating it based on lingering impression.
Abdul Muizz
This complete edition of the works of Plato provides a good value for the price. The translations are generally good, and though there are few notes (and no critical analysis), each dialogue is briefly introduced.

However, the absence of analytical notes is something of a blessing. Part of the joy of encountering Plato is reacting to the dialogues in a personal manner, without prejudice as to what you're "supposed" to understand.

The main disadvantage of this edition is the varying degree of note
Frank Vincenzo Arca

Firstly, I must say that Hackett Publishing "selon moi" has superior books in their translators, binders, editors, and they provide great client service and discounts on bulk orders and orders in general; now this book here, "Complete Works: Plato", I must say that I was most gratified when I found his controversial 'Epigrams' of which our dear Diogenes L. speaks. The only downfall, in my opinion, is the use of the " he's " and " wasn't " etc.; other than those idiosyncratic mentionings, Hackett
Sungmin Park
Sep 25, 2015 Sungmin Park marked it as to-read
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.
Jj Kasper
Best book ever
Amadou Baldeh
Apr 30, 2014 Amadou Baldeh marked it as to-read
its perfect..
Seth Holler
Sep 14, 2015 Seth Holler marked it as to-read
Taking my cue from a tweet by Nick Ripatrazone, this year I plan to read fewer books, but reread them. The Euthyphro in this collected edition was markedly different from Jowett's translation, at key moments in the discussion. I will read the short dialogues twice, first in Jowett (for euphony) and then in the Hackett collection (for, I hope, greater verbal accuracy).

Update: it's time to admit the hard truth. My teaching responsibilities are too great for me to continue with Plato. Maybe next ye
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  • The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts
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  • Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections from the Objections and Replies (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
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  • The Enneads
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  • Summa Theologica, 5 Vols
  • Ptolemy's Almagest
  • An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • Language, Truth, and Logic
  • Early Greek Philosophy
  • Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonius
  • After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
  • Pensées
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • Naming and Necessity
(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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