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Great Dialogues of Plato

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Written in the form of debates, Great Dialogues of Plato comprises the most influential body of philosophy of the Western world—covering every subject from art and beauty to virtue and the nature of love.
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Christian It is a collection of dialogues written by Plato, Socrates's student. It is truly a pillar of philosophical dialogue. If you are interested in philoso…moreIt is a collection of dialogues written by Plato, Socrates's student. It is truly a pillar of philosophical dialogue. If you are interested in philosophy and maybe don't know where to start, this could be a possible choice. Of course opinion could vary on this, but I'm saying this as it was my first piece of philosophical literature that I ever read.(less)
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Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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From Meno, the dialogue between Socrates and Menon:

"Menon: And how will you try to find out something, Socrates, when you have no notion at all what it is? Will you lay out before us a thing you don't know, and then try to find it? Or, if at best you meet it by chance, how will you know this is that which you did not know?

...(nine pages later}...

Socrates: Yes, I think that I argue well, Menon. I would not be confident in everything I say about the argument; but one thing I would fight for to the
VC Gan
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is well translated and it took me a long time to finish than anticipated. If you read these dialogues, and I mean really read them thoroughly, it will have a profound effect on how you view life and interaction. The only problem is that you really have to want to read and understand it. When you are ready to commit, buy this book, read it, and watch your outlook on how you view life change before your very eyes.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in reading Plato
After reading The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers by Will Durant, I was excited to begin my journey of wisdom with Plato. Socrates lays down the foundation of western thought and from here I plan to move throughout history with the philosophers that came thereafter.

This edition contains seven of Plato's greatest works and they are translated by W.H.D. Rouse. I have yet to read other translations, but I found this one to be superb and readable if t
Jacob Aitken
Some notes:


Does Love have an object? Yes. Love has to love something (200c). Unfortunately, this implies desire, which is a lack. Necessarily, then, Love must love beautiful things.

“justified, true belief:” “To have a right opinion without being able to give a reason is neither to understand nor is it ignorance” (202B).

The nature of spiritual: “for all the spiritual is between divine and mortal” 202c-204c. Love is a great spirit which has causal power. God cannot mingle directly with ma
Joe Blankenship
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a young, high school level student. Keeping that in mind, the word are clear, concise, and thoughtfully chosen. However, the tragedy of my youth was the lack of understanding and depth to which Plato's idea resonated through time. This philosophy is a great foundation from which to build your cognitive processes keeping in mind that the meaning to many of the passages changes as one ages. It is in this where this sometimes hard to read text shines. I recommend this to all young think ...more
A good translation. Includes The Apology, The Republic, Symposium, Crito, Phaedo, Meno, and Ion. The first two are a must read for everyone. The Republic takes some work getting through, but it is worth it.
Aaron White
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Plato's Socrates, is like following a mathematical proof, except the ends are unknown. Arguments are initiated by a question which is often shown to be irrelevant, not always. Then Socrates begins to break the discussion in what seems a totally random direction, coming to temporary conclusions that you heartily disagree with, only to see him discard those through some fancy bit of word wrangling – and bring you mostly around to what you were thinking in the first place. Sometimes. Often, ...more
Shadab Manzar
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting this to be a much more difficult read that it turned out to be. There's certainly a lot to think about within the pages of this book, and this translation makes it easier to focus of what is being said instead of tripping over the language.
Having previously read through Socrates' works, this felt like a very natural step forward into the idea of universalism for a layman like me.
I have read most of the pieces of this book in The Trial and Death of Socrates (Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo and in The Republic. I read all the pieces aside from Meno, which is basically contemplation on the question of 'What is a Virtue'? I found it incredibly boring to read, but all other parts was semi-tolerable. For the most part, it is a good read and nicely put together (if you are into old-dead Greek men as intellectual founders of the West).

Plato and his followers:
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H.A.A. Zayour
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When reading Plato, you have to be dynamic. You have to set yourself in that position discussed, and then move around. Ask, seek some answers to find more questions, then ask again, and meet only confusion. Here comes Socrates, he'll make sure your process never stops. And what do you get eventually? You'll get the great dialogues.
No piece of philosophical work ever touched me this way. It is both a blessing and a curse to be an idealist, you will only face disappointments. I wish that someday
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best greek philosophers.
Cliff Ward
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The unexamined life is not worth living', says Plato, talking through Socrates.
This book is actually a collection of Plato's dialogues which are various books including mainly 'The Republic' and 'The Apology'. The Apology is about Socrates noble stand to face the consequences of his sentence of death and his choice to die for his principles.
The Republic covers something that anyone would be interested in from metaphysics to theology, ethics to psychology, theory of education, theory of statesma
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons
Vincent Brown
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good collection of dialogues plus The Republic
Jay Szpirs
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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DONE! Been reading this book for just almost two years!! Faithfulness to the original style and structure of the dialogues is both strength and weakness: it recreates the experience of Socrates' teaching method and creates a compelling narrative by following Socrates through his trial and execution.

Unfortunately, it is also a bit rambling and takes some time getting to the point of a line of questioning. Many anecdotes and turns of phrase are extremely anachronistic (a few are almost incomprehe
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
One of, not just of philosophy's cornerstone texts, but of my own personal views. That isn't to say I actually agree or believe everything Plato says (I find many arguments with his 'innate logic' as well as his views on government), but his method and practice are such that few can hold a candle to the eloquence and captivation that Plato wrote with. The Socratic method is a great tool for understanding and discovery, and many texts also develop a great deal of insight into the lives of the tim ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Plato fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
This was probably the first book of Plato's dialogs, some of them at least, which I ever owned. I believe it was purchased used from the Maine South H.S. bookstore and may actually have been read before college matriculation. Later it was replaced on the shelves by Jowett's complete, two-volume edition.
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not pleased with the translation. It was tough to understand. Very disappointing as most of these works chronicled the thoughts of Socrates who is one of my favorite philosophers.
Miranda Feneberger
What can I say, I love Plato. This book is a collection of the best & the translation is wonderful. ...more
Andrew Pixton
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me a long time to read, but it’s so dense and is difficult to read in 30 minute chunks on the bus. It’s also not something I would choose to read straight form beginning to end, opting instead to break it up with fiction or other non-fiction books.

I was introduced to Plato and Socrates in first year university; you could say my imagination and critical thinking skills experienced an awakening then. I will always have a special place in my heart for these two indistinguishable philosoph
Kim Arvin Faner
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For one to truly understand Plato’s philosophy, they must read his work. I’ve read a few books and watched some videos about Plato’s dialogues but nothing made as much impact as the real thing. After reading this, I finally get a full grasp of the intensity and magnitude of Plato’s thoughts.

It’s amusing to realize that such a person has contemplated on these universal ideas more than 2,000 years back. Most of the arguments and scenarios in the dialogues hold true and applicable to today’s life.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of rather dull things in my life, but I am surprised at quiet how dull Plato's Dialogues turned out to be. I remember learning about the parable of the cave, the story of the child and doubling the square, and Socrates' idea of true objects outside of the realm of perceived objects in my college intro to philosophy course; and I can not say I gained any more from having read this book than was discussed in that class. "The Republic" (which takes up a majority of the book) was l ...more
Lynna Kivela
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
W.H.D Rouse did a very good job with the translation and made it easy to follow and enjoyable as well. I got this edition out of my local library. I could not help but imagine a place and time where people actually thought, conversed, knew how to have intellectual exchanges with respect and honor, and cared about developing and improving their intellect and the world (or state) in which they lived.

I also learned that Socrates is a character of Plato's. He may or may not have existed. So when so
Alex Passey
Full disclosure, I'm calling it quits only about 150 pages into this. It's not that there is no value to this book, it's just that it only comes from a historical context when I was really in the market for some provocative philosophy. I also didn't care much for the choppy allegorical way that the philosophy came packaged, though I suppose that is the nature of Plato presenting in writing the work of his mainly oratory teacher. While it was neat in the first couple dialogues seeing Socrates lay ...more
Dhara  Son
Never has a book made me so itchy to debate and argue. I've struggle not to throw this volume mulitiple times and have succeed tobbash my head with it only sparingly. Plato proves that Philosophy is not only dynamic but often personal one that build on a person's character and life experience. However the word puzzles and tautological yes men made this a diffucult to swallow read. A great labour producing ideas that when examined are still in use by modern society and church theology. I actually ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A slow read, this one, especially if you're keen on understanding most, if not all, of what Plato says. interesting ideas; most interesting of all the assessments of the different constitutions that are present in the world, especially the bit about democracy, how the democratic constitution comes into being, what the public is like under it, how a democratic individual is. a definite recommendation for someone looking to take a peak into the world of philosophy.
Aubrey Fletcher
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an older version, but it's a great book, that includes the magnum opus of "The Republic" which is amazing in itself. I did have trouble with the translation, but its a book that allows one to explore the possibilities of fundamental questions of politics, love, and other things. I have to say the Apology was one that reached out to me, and also Book 8 in The Republic are good points to reread once you have read it again. Definitely something to reread once again.
Dayang Mahani
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a pure joy to read a book of knowledge like this. but it requires a lot of time to finish it. to sum up, it shows that the human mind is limited. however, his method of arguing and contemplation on life are worth to be practiced in life. socrates is indeed a great teacher. read it then only you know how joyful a reading could be.
Holt Dwyer
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The review mostly reflects the quality of the Republic and Apology rather than the less interesting Ion and Meno.
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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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