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Hippias Major

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In the Hippias Major, Socrates and Hippias set out to find a definition for "beauty", but are destined to fail due to their inability to formulate an answer which encompasses the entire concept. The actual Greek term that is used in the dialogue is καλόν, which as an adjective often means fine or noble as well as beautiful. For this reason, translators such as Paul Woodruf ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published October 13th 1982 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published -390)
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Luís C.
The Hippias Major is considered by some as a work of youth while others doubt its authenticity while still others think apocryphal. In any case, the doubt remains.

The dialogue of the Hippias Major is subtitled "On the beautiful, kind of breaking", that is to say, "refutation". Socrates meets on his way the sophist Hippias, the latter in this emphatic style that characterizes him is in his best light and the discussion can finally begin. Hippias, known for being a scholar in many fiel
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Hussain Ali
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful things are difficult !!
Ahmed Oraby
«إن ما هو جميلٌ صعب»
وكذلك محاولة تكوين فكرة شاملة عمّا أراد سقراط قوله، عدا نقض أقوال هيبياس، التي بدت لي، باستثناء خلطه بين الجمال بذاته والجميل، منطقية إلى حد ما. على الرغم من ماديتها.
Melika Khoshnezhad
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
زیبا دشوار است.
Andrea Manzanilla
Lectura obligatoria Universitaria.
Felipe Oquendo
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Em "Hípias Maior", Sócrates e seu único interlocutor, Hípias, se colocam na busca de uma definição satisfatória do Belo.

Mais do que em outros diálogos, contudo, neste vemos um Sócrates além do irônico, beirando o sarcasmo e a impaciência, quando defrontado com um sofista da pior espécie, o que acha que a sabedoria tanto mais vale quanto mais ouro se paga por ela.

Usando o método de propor um terceiro personagem ausente para, através dele, castigar as proposições francament
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Quite a funny Socratic dialogue, about beauty. Socrates debates with Hippias not as himself but through someone else, suggesting questions that a stranger may ask Hippias or himself regarding aesthetics and beauty, and quizzing Hippias on how he ought to answer. The back and forth is rather comical at times, I giggled especially at the part where they were talking about soup and spoons. The dialogue ends with Socrates concurring :- "So I think, Hippias, that I have been benefited by conversation ...more
Tudor Cretu
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dialogul, despre care inca se discuta inca daca este autentic sau nu, trateaza tema frumosului. Chiar daca temele par a fi diferite in dialogurile lui Socrate, toate urmaresc acelasi lucru, atat luminarea partenerului de discutie, cat si mai mult, cea a lui Socrate.

La cat de inconfortabil este in dialoguri, nici nu este de mirare ca ii deranjeaza pe majoritatea sofistilor, care cred ca stiu totul sau pot convinge pe oricine de orice, ducand chiar si pana la moartea lui intr-un tarziu. El este i
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Mεδ Rεδħα
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophie
Hippias majeur - du nom de son principal protagoniste, le célèbre sophiste Hippias - est un texte aporétique. Une "aporie" est une impasse, une voie sans issue. Cela signifie que la discussion, qui porte ici sur le beau, ne débouche pas sur une réponse susceptible de clore un débat. Car "les belles choses sont difficiles", et tel est le cas, au premier chef, des questions d'ordre esthétique. Mais ce constat, qui clôt l'ouvrage, vaut aussi pour la vérité et pour la philosophie dans son ensemble.
Favio Villaseñor
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was the first work i ever read from Plato, and it had a great impact on my thought patterns as i was then exposed to the use of reason and languague in a very natural way to archive greater understanding of concepts.
Genni
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Socrates is on the search again for the true meaning of the beautiful and the good, but he is not going to have any help from this interlocutor. This dialogue was more fun to read than some of the others, simply because Socrates was downright goofy in his irony at points!
Sebastian
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sch
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit tedious, but two good performances.
Valentin Sanchez
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite funny and thought provoking.
Victor Tan
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Beautiful things are difficult 😅
Nuska
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
En este nuevo diálogo socrático, Platón nos habla del concepto de belleza. La diferencia con el Hipias menor no consiste en otra cosa que en la longitud del diálogo. Se intenta definir la belleza basándose en la productividad, la utilidad, el bien e incluso la producción de placer a través de los sentidos de la vista y el olfato. Sin embargo, tras un genial giro de Sócrates al argumento unitario de Hipias, la conversación queda sin alcanzar su objetivo.
Trounin
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Когда два софиста сходились в споре, их разговор неизменно заканчивался обоюдным обвинением в пустословии. Оное произошло и в случае Сократа с Гиппием. Взялись они говорить о делах прошлого, богатстве нынешнего, красоте в сущности и немного о справедливости. Промежуточные итоги представляют интерес, но насколько они оправданы в бессмысленности общего потока информации?

(c) Trounin
Favio Villaseñor
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
it was the very first dialogue i read, so now after 3 years i read it again, finding it a little easier to read through. there is a very good presentation of the socratic method, that is very short and concerning something that concerns us all: Beauty. although they reach no definition of it at the end, it is still very interesting as it makes one want to further develop such a concept, the beautiful things are indeed difficult!
Antonio David
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es maravilloso como Platón se vale de una discusión sobre lo bello para destacar la sabiduría de Sócrates en su forma de ver en la ignorancia el primer paso para entrar en la dificultad de la reflexión y por tanto, de la filosofía.
Bogdan
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Citită în română.
Joshua Dew
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Socrates makes an arrogant sophist look the fool in this dialectic on beauty. The conversation never gets that deep, but it raises an interesting question as to how to define beauty.
Javier
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sería interesante tener una conversación de ese tipo con Socrates y Hipias hoy en día!
Torsten
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Da mainc - rai ars mshovenieri? :)))
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(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: أفلاطون) (Alternate Spelling: Platon, Platón, Platone)
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.

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