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
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
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
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
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
The only drawback is the sheer size of the book - which is simply a result of Plato's prodigious output...more
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...more
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...more
By no means do you need to read this entire volume, unless of course you are spurred on by shear academic motives. Works that I would sugges...more
The conflicts in Th...more
Socrates makes blanket statements about humanity, and consistently convinces his straight man that he is correct, but it seems like sophistry. His generalizations are ideals but not actually true. Whomever he is talking with usually makes generalizations that are not true, either, but he (no...more
Socrates obviously had no paucity of brains. His peers in Athens knew that well and most revered him and sought his valuable thoughts, bought his arguments and honoured him as an elite philosopher. Yet, the mighty prevailed.
Reading this book, made me realize how some things never change. Might is right and if you are no Socrates, your principles somehow evolve to mirror those of the ‘mighty’ or the...more
Plato is one of the most important Western philosophers,...more