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Essential Dialogues of Plato

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Published October 5th 2005 by Barnes Noble Classics (first published 1973)
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It's been over a decade since I've read a collection of Plato's dialogues. I've read individual dialogues since then, but haven't read a collection for a while. I remember when I first read some of these dialogues; at the time I was really quite astounded at how many parallels there were between some of Plato's concepts and concepts one finds in the New Testament. I am still rather amazed at it. I am not, of course, saying that the New Testament is a conscious recapitulation of Platonic notions, ...more
Mar 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
How do I criticize a monumental figure like Plato? I'm not a student of philosophy, this was my first foray into it, but I did find this book surprisingly readable. interesting dialogues (true to its title) on love, friendship, the nature of the state (the first half of the book is more interesting than the second, maybe my energy for it waned, but I also think it was because of the topics). Got swept in by the intellectual testing and prodding of the famed Socratic method at work.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classic, philosophy
I feel like a bit of a heel offering such a low rating to a book collecting some of the best known work of a major figure in the history of philosophy (minus Republic) but if I'm being honest, this is just a very hard book to enjoy or really learn much from.

Maybe it's the translation. Maybe it's the few and far between footnotes. But what it really feels like is an extended display of asshole-ish behavior on the part of Socrates towards the people he is supposedly having meaningful philosophical
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I read Apology, Crito, Protagoras, Symposium and Phaedo.

Plato writes of Socrates' many dialogues and the use of questions and answers that are known as the socratic method. Some of these dialogues are tough reading.

While reading Protagoras, I wanted to jump up and start diagraming on a whiteboard the arguments, as they were very difficult to follow.

Very moving narrative of Socrates death at the end of Phaedo.

Next up....Plato's Republic

# 12A of 133 on Clifton Fadiman's New Lifetime Reading Plan.
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Some parts are hard to follow without additional information and I had to consult my grandfather regularly. Very good and thought provoking!
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I didn't read the entire book, just Symposium.
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Essential reading for any serious student of philosophy, however not the best translation of Plato's writing.
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Interesting and some very valid arguments, but also some logical shortcuts that I didn't agree with.
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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 p
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