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"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates's ancient words are still true, and the ideas sounded in Plato's "Dialogues" still form the foundation of a thinking person's education. This superb collection contains excellent contemporary translations selected for their clarity and accessibility to today's reader, as well as an incisive introduction by Erich Segal, wh ...more
Paperback, Bantam Classic reissue, 410 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Bantam Classic (first published -380)
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Manny
I couldn't possibly write a review of this. Even a short book would not do it justice. ...more
Mark
Aug 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: other
Socrates says "The unexamined life is not worth living." Yet this book actually shows that an examined dialogue is not worth believing. The general format of the Socratic dialogues is:
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
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JP
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Contains Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Protagoras, Meno, Symposium, and Gorgias. In general, these are considered the primary component of Plato's early works, in which he expounds that learned from his teacher Socrates. The arguments seem somewhat simplistic by today's standards, but the style and logic clearly represent the timeless fame rendered to Socrates. In Apology, Socrates willingly accepts indictment and makes his argument. True to his spirit, he makes adequate defense against both classes o ...more
Rae
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always been interested in philosophy...took a few classes in college and did a little of my own research just because it peaks my interest but I am by no means an expert whatsoever. That being said I feel slightly incapable of writing a review on such an "epic" book if you will. My reading comprehension skills are not top notch, but decent. For me this book was sometimes easy to understand and sometimes very difficult. During the difficult parts I would google cliff's notes so I could try ...more
Doug
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
"The easiest and the noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves."

It's interesting to think that political correctness existed so far back in the past and that it still is here today. it's a long running rule that will always be broken. it's a long running tool used as an excuse to condemn people who otherwise there would be nothing to condemn them with.

I wonder what Socrates would say... being that the attempt to destroy others still continues. And that instead of
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Shane
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Difficult to get through at points, but a good reminder that not much has changed in terms if human society. Also interesting that some of the themes of myths told by socrates are being verified by science today.
ROHIT RAWAT
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teaches you [how] to question day to day life events. I would recommend this to every philosophy reader.
Hoonie
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will read you next time again
the begin The book was interesting, but again and again, It takes much time to read this book, Sorry Plato
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Benn Peek
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've finished Apology, a dialogue entitled Ion, Phaedro, the subsequnce of the Apology, adn have now finished Book I of Plato's Republic (which still plays into the dialogues, and is not a novel of its own). Socrates has a Christ like demeanor, and to me eerily resembles the Christian messiah, although this may be the work of the interpretor. Main points in the dialogues raise a candle to not only statements in philosophies, but can summarize entire theologies in the process.

The conflicts in Th
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Rebecca
Does it count if I have been reading it for a decade or more? It puts me to sleep (perhaps because I read it before bed), and I disagree with Socrates' conclusions on almost everything. It is sometimes funny.

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
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Mike
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
These dialogues are the foundation of Western thought: justice, virtue, sex, death, wisdom, folly….it’s all here. Plato’s Socrates is clever and confounding, ingenious and insufferable. Sometimes, he is sarcastic and smarmy to the point where you can’t stand him. At other times, he sounds as lacking in wisdom as he pretends to be. But then he will turn around and offer a startling perspective that will make you admire him. Although familiar with the content of many of these dialogues, I’m glad I ...more
James
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Lame bargain basement book. Save your dollar.

Tired of Socrates going around meddling in everyone's business. It's actually kind of fun watching him generate a long list of frienemies throughout the city. If he were around today he'd get a dinger in the left eye every time he approached someone to quiz them. Put a sock in a already. Luckily, science has come a long way and much of what was unknown to Plato/Socrates is known today.

Sure, you can put yourself in the context of the times and give th
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Scott
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CRITO - This is amazing as a meditation on socratic reasoning/arguing - he convinced me that his acquiescing to the state and giving up his life, in spite of their own prejudices against him, was the right thing to do. WTF?? But seriously. Worth re-reading as a mind-blowing example of integrity/sticking to one's guns. PHAEDO is a meditation on death and it somehow makes you feel less afraid of dying to read it - Socrates said that "philosophy is the practice of death" and proceeds to illuminate ...more
Melanie
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I only read Symposium. But I did find it comfortable to read which really surprised me for I thought that I would struggle getting through it a bit more. I am planning to read a analyzation on it next. I figure there is a lot I missed in the reading as I didn't analyze everything as I went through it. One thing that I found really kinda cool was how much like a bunch of collage students these guys were drinking, thinking, sexing. I wonder how old they all were. And is that free flow of ideas the ...more
Ian
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 12th-grade-books
The Dialogues of Plato is a collection of some of the famous philosophical ideals of ancient Greek philosopher Plato. The book caught my eye because I went to ancient Greece this summer, and I thought the book would have have some references to ancient Greek culture. It turned out that the amount of references to ancient Greek culture in the book were minimal, the book spoke mainly of ideas as to how to live your life. The book is a pretty challenging read, it made me think hard of how I live my ...more
Ronnie Winterton
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love catching up on the classic philosophers from time to time, and Plato's dialogues are some of the best. They are surprisingly accessible and address some of life's greatest questions. When reading these it's easy to see why early Christian writers drew from Plato because he spends a lot of time trying to address absolute truth and skepticism.

Although sometimes these dialogues can be really hard to follow, and we don't fully subscribe to Plato's theory of the Forms today, these are very us
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Rob
Aug 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
A must-read for philosophers and theologians alike. The Bantam Classic edition is handy for on-the-go reading, but not so great for deep study, since it includes only some of the Dialogues, translated by various people (including Jowett). Bantam's format leaves out the Stephanus number system that the better, more scholastic editions of the Dialogues include. (Stephanus numbers coordinate the English text with specific lines in the authoritative Greek text.) ...more
Martin
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plato's work is brilliant! Socrates was the greatest philosopher of all time, and reading about his wisdom and virtue is absolutely moving. Socrates is such an inspiration to the world, and this book should be required reading for all human beings to teach them how to be truly good people. Socrates is my role model, and this book is absolutely wonderful in showing the incredible wisdom of this divine man. ...more
Carey
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just copying a piece of a Pro's review of the book (that I totally agree with):
"The book is considered the “First of a Kind” to be structured to display the thoughts and opinions of multiple philosophers/thinkers at the same time, instead of just the author… leaving you a chance to analyze all of these detailed opinions."
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Jake
Oct 16, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Pretentious People
The only dialogue within this book that I enjoy is "The Apology," mostly because Socrates dies at the end. It is like buying a front row ticket to Nascar, and you know Jeff Gordon is going to crash and die in that race. ...more
M.J. Mandoki
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a classic and the corner stone of western philosophy. The book is easy to understand and follows a conversational style. I have to remind people, though, that this book cannot be read fast. It requires a lot of thinking and reflection to be truly appreciated.
Mark Pool
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
When I was a senior in high school, I took a course called World Literature. Some of the books I read in that class were some of the best books I’ve ever read in my life. Here we read some of Plato's famous dialogues. The most memorable is where Socrates drinks hemlock because he talks too much. ...more
Ferrell
This is not the right edition. I listened a title by this name and with this reader on Audible. The one I listened to included four dialogues--Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. There is really some great stuff here and also some mind-numbingly bad arguments.
Dan Charnas
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I wasn't sure whether I wanted to tackle this book, but I found the translations to be very readable and the arguments presented in the Dialogues to be both brilliant and fascinating. The realization that this was written more than 2000 years ago was very humbling for me. ...more
Erin
Jan 01, 2008 marked it as to-read
this isn't the exact book i have, but it will do
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Hailey
Jul 24, 2008 marked it as to-read
There are alot of interesting concepts in this book, for the most part I'm enjoying it. ...more
Hunter Johnson
Socrates: The Apology of Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett. Working my way into the Great Books of the Western World, at least according to Encyclopædia Britannica.
Aasem Bakhshi
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, philosophy
I don't know if anyone can possibly review or criticize a work like this; suffice it is to say that an unexamined life is still not worth living. ...more
Linda
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Um - Socrates "it's under so-crates" is awesome and all, but maybe could kind of lose the whole f---ing with people routine, maybe just a little bit. ...more
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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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