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The Trial and Death of Socrates

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The European philosophical tradition. . .consists of a series of footnotes to Plato. -- Alfred North WhiteheadThe dialogues of Plato stand alongside the Bible and Homer s "Iliad" and "Odyssey" as foundational texts of Western civilization. The works of Plato collected under the title "The Trial and Death of Socrates "have been particularly influential. This is because they ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Barnes & Noble (first published -400)
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Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all thinkers
When he was tried, convicted and ordered to death in 399 B.C.E., Socrates was already seventy years old: he had lived through the imperialistic spread of Athenian democracy and culture under Pericles, twenty-five years of first cold and then heated war with Sparta, the defeat of Athens in 404 B.C.E., the short-lived oligarchy imposed on that city by the Spartans, and finally the reestablishment of democracy in his homeland. During all of that time, the former bricklayer was known for practicing ...more
Shivam Chaturvedi
Somebody should tell Jon Snow to read this book. Poor guy, Ygritte wouldn't stop giving him hell. "You know nothing, Jon Snow" says she, all the time.

If only Jon would read Socrates, he would have the greatest of retorts, the greatest of Socrates' teachings as his come back.

"The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing."

Take that Ygritte!

PS - Here is some mindbogglingly brilliant analysis of the famous painting on Socrates's death by Jacques Louis David
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: philosophy
The world needs a superhero.

The name of that superhero is Socrates.

What do you mean you've never read this book - what the hell are you waiting for?
Ahmed El  Wakeel
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
( Plato's dialogues )

بادئ ذى بدء .. الكتاب من النوع الذى يتركك فى حاله يرثى لها بعد فروغك منه , فقد فقدت صديقا حميما.
المحاورات :
1- Euthyphro .. أوطيفرون
2- الدفاع
3- crito .. أقريطون
4- Phaedo .. فيدون
أحبهم إلى قلبى .. الدفاع وأقريطون , محاورة فيدون هى الأطول .
تتبع المحاوره الأخيره نظام مختلف عن المحورات الثلاث المتبقيه , ففى محاورة فيدون يقوم افلاطون بخلق شخصية سقراط فى الحوار على عكس المحاورات الثلاث الاخرى التى ينسب الكلام مباشرة الى سقراط نفسه .

لا احب عمل ريفيوهات مطوله يمل منها القارئ فسأ
Ibrahim Saad

- هاكم نبوءتي التي أحب أن أبلغكم إياها ، لأني مشف على الموت، وتلك ساعة يوهب فيها المرء مقدرة على التنبؤ، أتنبأ لكم يا قاتليَّ بأنه لن يكاد ينفذ حكم الموت حتى ينزل بكم ما هو أشد من ذلك هولا ، لقد حكمتم بموتي ، لأنكم أردتم أن تفلتوا من ذاك الذي يتهمكم ،وكيلا تحاسبون على ما قدمت أيديكم، ولكن لن يكون لكم ما ترجون ، بل نقيضه . فسيكون متهموكم أوفر عدداً منهم اليوم ، إذ سيهيب في وجوهكم من كنت مسكتهم حتى الآن . وسيكون أولئك أشد قسوة عليكم ، وسيذيقونكم من العذاب أكثر مما تذوقون اليوم .

دائماً ما تبقى الأ
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, ebook
I was a bit wary going in but I was pleasantly surprised that this book wasn't as difficult to understand as I'd expected it to be.

The edition I read covered three dialogues about Socrates (Apologia, Crito and Phaedo), who was tried for supposedly corrupting the youth of Athens as well as for encouraging worship of gods not recognized by the State. I've always heard that Socrates was a powerful orator and the way he defended himself in front of the court proves that. Even when he was sentenced t
Pooya Kiani
دربارهی سقراط و سوبژکتیویتهی زیستنش که بهتره اهل فلسفه نظر بدن. من اما میخوام از لذت اعتماد بگم. اعتماد به بانو لیلی گلستان و نشر محترم مرکز، که وقتی کنار هم قرار میگیرن آدم با خاطر آسوده، آسوده از مسئولیتپذیری و حقیقتپرستیشون، اثر رو تهیه میکنه و بلافاصله شروع میکنه به خوندن. چیز کمارزشی نیست. واقعا باید قدر اینجور اتفاقها و این قبیل افراد رو دونست. ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
أيّ قراءة أجمل من هذه المحاورات التي تتداولها البشرية منذ ألفي عام , و تدهش بذات رد الفعل من سخرية سقراط و حكمه و مناظراته قبل الموت , حتى لو كانوا يعرفون جميعاً أنّ كثيراً من المكتوب كلام أفلاطون يضعه على لسان أستاذه ( خاصة في فيدون) و ترجمة زكي نجيب محمود للمحاورات في اعتقادي هو أفضل ما قدّمه للمكتبة العربية .
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I wish I had read these 4 dialogues before they made us work through The Republic back in school. Plato can seem so distant and archiac so much of the time, but here there is an actual sense of human urgency: Socrates is about to die. A lot of times the dialogues feel completely neutered from any real world concern, you just see these people walking around, having their abstract little discussions as Socrates schools them all. But here you see those discussions finally grounded by a frank acknow ...more
Amr Mohamed

لم اقرأ فى الفلسفة قبل ذلك , ولكن عندما قرأت كتاب صناعة الواقع ورأيته يعطى أمثلة لأفكار سقراط وافلاطون, قلت يجب ان اقرأ لهم حتي اعلم كيف كان يفكر هؤلاء الفلاسفة منذ الاف الاعوام بأفكار لا تأتى فى عقول من يعيشون فى الألفية الثالثة .

الكتاب عبارة عن أربع محاورات كتبها افلاطون على لسان سقراط , ويقول د. زكي نجيب فى المقدمة ان بداية الحوارات التى كتبها أفلاطون تلميذ سقراط كانت بفكر فلسلفة سقراط ولكن بعد ذلك كتب أفلاطون بفكره وفلسفته الخاصة .

اسلوب المحاورة فى عرض فكرته الفلسفية اسهل وأفضل من كتابه الفك
Ken Moten
Since I have individually reviewed each dialogue concerning their content I will be personal here. I obviously enjoyed reading these dialogues. I was not only enlightened by them, but moved as well in certain parts, more by Socrates' friends than the man himself. This really should be the jumping off point for anyone interested in philosophy because it sets the tone and you can compare every strand of philosophy after it against it. Plato did not create [western] philosophy, obviously, but he su ...more
Daniel Silveyra
Socrates is a little bit like Superman. As a young man, both are very appealing for their heroism and pristine behavior. As one ages, however, they begin to dissatisfy - there is no way these people could be real.

This is obviously due to Plato's portrayal of the man, an homage so complete that Socrates becomes pure ideal and ceases to be human. He stands for intellectual honesty and curiosity, morality and justice, without any compromise.

This book is about as good an example of that as possible,
Liz Janet
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Some times I disagree with the philosophical standing of Plato, other times, I love his works. Particularly this one (or the four combined), depicting the last days of Socrates, mostly arguing for the soul as an immortal constant, referring to form as unchanging and eternal, the common reference to non-empirical knowledge, the difference between the incorporeal and corporeal, and the nature of the soul . I am not going into any detail about these things, because I do not have the background requ ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
المحاورات الأربعة لأفلاطون التي ترجمها وقدم لها الدكتور زكي نجيب محمود في هذا الكتاب، هي على الترتيب: محاورة أوطيفرون (يوثيفرو) - محاورة الدفاع - محاورة أقريطون (كريتو) - وأخيرا محاورة فايدو أو فايدون.
المحاورة الاولى تدور قبيل محاكمة سقراط، وموضوعها حول تعريف التقوى، ولا تصل المحاورة في نهايتها إلى تعريف محدد مثلما يحدث في المحاورات "السقراطية" والتي تصور طريقة الجدل المعروفة عند سقراط. والمحاورة الثانية عبارة عن خطاب طويل لسقراط أمام المحكمة يدفع فيه عن نفسه تهمة إفساد الشباب والكفر بآلهة أثين
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this blew my mind
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that are beyond "liking" or "not liking." They exist on a completely different plain than the rest of literature. This is one of those books. You don't read "The Trial and Death of Socrates" to be entertained; whether you like it or not is completely immaterial. By reading it, you gain an appreciation for one of the greatest thinkers of all time, and a valuable window into the soul of humankind.

How can one possibly quanitfy and encapsulate that into three, four, or five star
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
حينما تنتهي من هذا الكتاب ستشعر بفجيعة لا تقل عن فجيعة فقد أصحاب سقراط له ، كتاب عظيم تجلت فيه كل معاني العظمة ، كتاب من أجل عقلك ومن أجل فكرك إذا كنت تريده أن يتسع ، ربما مع قرائتك الأولي ستدرك النقاط الرئيسية التي ناقشها الكتاب ولكن عليك قرائته ما يربو علي العشرين مرة حتي تدرك معانيه كلها فكل جملة نطق بها سقراط تحمل معاني وتأويلات وفلسفات كثيرة تستدعي العقل ليعمل وليفكر



كل الشكر لفيلسوفنا العظيم - زكي نجيب محمود - الذي كانت تقديماته لكل محاورة غنية ومفسرة وموضحة علي أعلي مستوي ، والت
Mehwish Mughal
What have I just finished reading? A masterpiece? No, more than that - much more than that!
An experience so exhilarating that I am left with no words. Perhaps, what I am feeling now surpasses description!

You must read it, to experience it!

You know, Socrates was kindof a dick.
Mohamed Bahaa
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سقراط الفيلسوف الحكيم
الكتاب محاور للعقل يعصف به ويعود ليجعله يهدأ مرة أخرى فتح أمامى أفاقا رهيبه
حواره حول الفضيله والتقوى هو من أعمق ماقرأت عنهما
حواره حول الروح والجسد فى محاورة فيدون أكثر من رائع جعلنى أخرج من قرائته ليس فقط بفكره بل بإحساس جديد وكأن روحى إستكشفت نفسها من خلاله إستكشاف جديد
حواره حول التقديس لا يمكن أن أنساه وكأن ما قاله هذه الفيلسوف منذ أكثر من 2800 سنه هو ما نستمر ونعيشه
لست اري انه حيث يكون الخوف يكون التقديس؛ لأن الناس تخشي الفقر والمرض وسائر الشرور ولكني لا اراهم يقدسو
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذه الترجمة لمحاورات أفلاطون _ و الذي أكرهه بشدّة - جيّدة نسبيّاً و إن كانت تعبّر عن المرحلة الديالكتيكية من فكره ، الأولى كانت عن الأخلاق و ثانيها عن المحاكمة ثمّ الثالثة عن نظرية المثل و قد اكتملت أركانها في عقل أفلاطون بعدما ابتدئها في محاورة بارميندس ، بقيّ المحاورات مطبوعة بشكل مفرّق و إن كانت أفضلها من نشر وزارة الثقافة السوريّة
حسن  عدس
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Sarkies
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Wisdom
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: philosophy
Thoughts from Socrates' trial and execution
13 October 2012

While I have written commentaries on collections before I have since tried to steer away from doing that to instead write about the individual pieces contained therein. Okay, in one way it does help to bump up the number of books on my shelf, but then again that is somewhat irrelevant (It's not as if I win a prize if I have the most books on my shelf, or the most reviews). Generally I find it better to comment on the individual pieces be
Tan Yi Han
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still on the last chapter (Phaedo), but I've run out of time. Have to return the book. So let me review based on the first 3 chapters.

This book uses a very original style of writing to give readers an inside look into the life and wisdom of Socrates in his last days.

Socrates liked to examine people. But he wasn't concerned about their appearance. He liked to examine people who thought themselves wise/clever and see if they really are.

His tool? A method of argument called the elenchus. Unlik
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When your Introduction to Philosophy (or to Humanities, or to Rhetoric, or to...) course had you read this your first semester of college, it was presented as the origins of Western thought. With all that reverence paid, reading it a decade and a half later, I either didn't remember or didn't understand that "The Apology" is downright funny. Socrates is a man daring a court to put him to death and he is very keen on putting them in their place.

Alas, the other dialogues aren't nearly as engaging,
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading, because I miss philosophy. Disclaimer, this review is 0% intellectual because after four years of studying philosophy in undergrad, I'm unable to be serious when talking about Plato, or Socrates, or Aristotle (maybe Aristotle? I might still have some cerebral life left in me to discuss the Ethics... but I digress. Another review, another day).

Anyway, Socrates. I've always had this love/hate relationship with him. He's like that asshole who comes to every fucking party and for some re
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF SOCRATES. (this ed. 1972) Plato. ****.
This work, although in a different version, was required reading for my first humanities course in college in 1957. Yes, there were colleges back then, and Plato was not one of my classmates. At the time, I’m not sure that I fully understood what I was reading, but made sure that I understood enough to pass any quiz – announced or unannounced. On re-reading it, I came to the realization that Socrates was not a philosopher. He was
Lucy Phelan
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The portrayal of Socrates is so insightful, you can imagine being in Ancient Greece and having that terribly repetitive conversation with him. Plato has really captured the essence of his mentor and I find that absolutely astounding, more so, I feel compelled to read up about Socrates every time. To my amazement, his portrayal hasn't only bought Socrates to life but it has made him immortal, for thousands of years he has been living in this fantastically written piece of literature spreading his ...more
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Euthyphro: Tricky. May need to reread this one a couple times.

Apology: Here we get an impassioned plea for intellectual freedom plus the promotion of ethical and civil disobedience. Great stuff.

Crito: A little too much law and authority worship.

Phaedo: This is the ultimate existential dialogue. Plato's Socrates makes death seem even more enticing than do the monotheists (who seem to have taken a good deal from Plato). I find it easy to like a work that relates such optimism about immortality.
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I haven't read much Plato since my college years. I loved the Apology, and the first 2/3 of Phaedo and I enjoyed the rest (Euthyphro, Crito, and end of Phaedo). I loved coming across phrases and quotes that I've heard again and again: "The unexamined life is not worth living... is there not one true coin, for which all things ought to exchange?--and that is wisdom... As for me, all I know is that I know nothing..." Amen.
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