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The Collected Dialogues by Plato
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Feb 11, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, favorites, philosophy, u-of-chicago, ancient-greece, read-and-reread
Read in January, 1970

While I do not always agree with Plato, the beauty of his prose and its poetic quality bring me back to his dialogues again and again. This is the edition I acquired for my class in Plato & Aristotle in college and it is still a standard one volume text. It includes all the dialogues attributed to Plato plus the letters. This is one of the few books that I have read and reread over the last forty years. The result has been a growing appreciation for both Plato's project and his image of Socrates, a better understanding of myself, and a standard by which to evaluate other philosophical treatises. Plato is one of the most poetic and literary of the great Philosophers. He is worth reading in conjunction with Aristotle, or as suggested by Bertrand Russell, as a footnote to the rest of philosophy.
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